Tag Archives: birthday


MIYEOK GUK

MAIN PIECE: Informant: So in Korea there’s this soup called Miyeok Guk. It is…  Essentially like a seaweed soup. And um… Seaweed has like iron in it, I believe. And in your blood… Your like hemoglobin has iron in it as well? So Korean reasoning is that, whenever a woman gives birth, she loses a… Continue Reading »

Practical Joke: Putting Butter on Your Nose

Main Piece:  “So, the other thing that is family folklore that my dad probably did to you was- he said it was a French-Canadian custom to try and catch the birthday person… if it’s your birthday, he’s going to try and catch you and put butter on your nose. Which is really disgusting. And sometimes… Continue Reading »

Celebration of Survival- Infant Edition

Main Performance: The Dol (돌) is the celebration of an infant’s first birthday in South Korea. Childbirth and its complications in an impoverished country without advances in medicine and temperamental weather patterns meant that many children did not survive long past birth. Many children were kept in-doors as a means of protection and as a… Continue Reading »

Layer Cakes

The following conversation is transcribed from a conversation between me (HS) and my friend/informant (AB). HS: So you have a certain tradition regarding birthday cakes in Denmark, is that right? AB: Yes that’s correct. We have something called layer cakes. The layers are split with jam and sometimes a sort of pudding in the middle… Continue Reading »

“Thôi nôi”: Vietnamese 1st Birthday Celebration

Main Piece: A: It’s like a birthday. Your friends, family [are invited], cook food, give you something like– like baby clothes, toys… but it’s different like, I have to do a tray. I put on scissors… hammer… mirror… cái này là gì– chỉ, everything like on the tray. Then let the baby pick. The first… Continue Reading »