In South Korea, the first birthday of a child is a very special event: It's where the Doljabi ceremony takes place. Traditionally, this predicts the child's future with a strong emphasis on his or her career path. The specifics of the ceremony can be modified, but it's important to include a diverse mix of Doljabi items. Whatever item the child grabs first from a plate indicates their future career, for example a paintbrush means they'll be an artist, a magnifying glass a scientist, or won (money) means they'll make a lot of money.

Obviously, the parents really encourage their child to choose whatever they consider the "best" Doljabi item, which is often money, books (to become a scholar) or other serious pursuits. While today the ceremony is mostly just for tradition and a bit of fun, the South Koreans are really making a showcase over something every parent wonders about. What will your child be when they grow up?

You don't need a Doljabi ceremony to figure out the tell tale signs that your child may be made to be an entrepreneur. Here are six signs you might want to encourage that path.

 Still not sure? Maybe a Doljabi ceremony might be in order after all.

 

Published on: Sep 16, 2014