I still miss having Grace Park on the LPGA. But I am so happy for her as she turns the page on another phase of her life. She posted this baby bump photo on Facebook today with the caption: "New phase of life . Excited mom to be. 40days to go"
Grace Park is my all-time favorite LPGA player. I thought the happiest I’d ever be for her was when she won a Major at the 2004 Kraft Nabisco Championship (now called the ANA Inspiration). I was wrong. On February 28th, 2015 Grace gave birth to her first child, a daughter named Hayden Kim. She recently posted pictures on her Facebook page. Seeing Grace with her daughter fills me with an immense sense of joy. I wish Grace, her husband Hwak Soo Kim and her daughter, Hayden Kim all the best happiness, health and prosperity.
I hope Grace posts pictures from Hayden's 100 day celebration, which for those who don't know is a traditional Korean celebration for babies. My how time flies by. It seems like not so long ago that Hee Won Han had her baby boy...and now:
I had hoped Grace Park would post photos from her daughter's 100 day celebration...and indeed, she did. This 100 day celebration is known as baek-il. Here is the wiki entry describing traditional baek-il meaning:
Another birthday celebration is Baek-il (100th-day celebration). During this celebration, the family worships Samshin. They make her offerings of rice and soup for having cared for the infant and the mother, and for having helped them live through a difficult period. They give thanks to Samshin and also pray for jae-ak (wealth), longevity, and cho-bok (traditional word for "luck"). After the prayer the family, relatives and friends celebrate with rice cakes, wine, and other delicacies such as red and black bean cakes sweetened with sugar or honey. In order to protect the child, red bean rice cakes are placed at the four compass points of the house. This not only brought protection, but was also believed to bring good fortune and happiness. It is widely believed that if 100 people share the rice cakes the child will live a long life, so the family would also send rice cakes to neighbors and others. Those who receive rice cakes return the dishes with lengths of thread (expressing the hope for longevity), rice and money (symbolizing future wealth). - Wikipedia
and a more modernize explanation:
Baek-il is celebrated on the 100th day after a child’s birth. Long ago in Korea, childhood diseases were common and the survival rate for children was very low. To protect their children, parents refrained from taking the baby outdoors until the 100th day after his or her birth.
It is not until baek-il that the baby was introduced to neighbors, friends and relatives. One of the baek-il’s special events is the parents providing rice cakes, called baekseolgi, to at least 100 people. They believe this event helps to protect the child’s life. They also pray for the child’s continued good health.
'baek il' literally means '100th day', by the way.
One part of the ceremony you didn't mention is that the parents lay out several objects on front of the child and the child picks one of them, indicating what he/she may become in the future. For instance, money, a pencil (meaning a good student), a book (creative arts), etc.
I went to one baek il where the parents had a lottery where you could bet on what the kid would pick, then they awarded a prize from a random drawing of those who chose correctly. It was fun (I didn't win, alas!).