This post actually gave me to a chance to write more about this traditional ritual for my children's first birthdays. Commonly known as "Dua Zhe" (Hokkien - loosely translated as "big seating" in their first birthday)
Does anyone still practise this "Dua Zhe" ritual in your family?
Here are some simple translations on the items of Dua Zhe:
- Food: means the child will always have food to eat but old folks chose to believe that the child is a glutton
- Abacus or Calculator: Child will have a penchant for statistics or financing
- Stationery: the child will be industrious and endowed with great literary talents
In my family, we usually chose some items under the different categories. There are no hard and fast rules. In case if you want to know more about this practice.
Oh ya, if you saw, both my kids chose the pen. Did someone say industrious and great literary talents?
*look at sky and wonder*
Anyway here are the photographs.
Jan 2008 - When Isa was 1 year old.
There were a few posts on his birthday then.
Jan 2013 - When Dora was 1 year old.
The original post.
The videos that showed it all.