Amid its ongoing starvation campaign in Gaza, Israel is continuing to carpet bomb Palestinian families in refugee camps, schools, homes, and hospitals, while forcing hundreds of thousands to flee for their lives in the world’s largest open-air prison.

The Lancet, a peer-reviewed medical journal and one of the highest-impact academic journals in the world, estimates that Israel has killed more than 186,000 Palestinians since October 2023. Its July 5th study found the actual death toll is far higher than 38,000 because the UN’s death toll does not account for the thousands of bodies still buried under rubble, nor does it account for deaths caused by Israel’s destruction of health facilities and food distribution systems in Gaza.

As part of its genocide efforts, Israel has also falsely accused UNRWA’s employees of terrorism and killed more than 197 of its aid workers. Israel has never provided proof of its terror claims, and a massive international investigation on April 22 found no evidence of terrorism with UNRWA workers

Please consider giving to this vital UN aid agency, especially as the U.S. continues to fund Israel’s genocide – no matter how many “red lines” it crosses.

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Baek-il: Celebrating a Baby’s First 100 Days in Korean Culture


Baekseolgi for baby's Baek-il party.

Baekseolgi, a traditional Korean rice cake treat, is individually wrapped for each guest at a baby’s Baek-il party. (Source)

August 31, 2021 ~ By Shari Rose  

Updated October 29, 2022

Baek-il, The Celebration Of A Baby’s 100 Days in Korean Tradition 

Baek-il is a joyful Korean celebration that commemorates a baby’s 100th day of life. As one of several important age-related celebrations deeply ingrained in Korean culture, Baek-il is traditionally a baby’s first introduction to other family members, friends, and neighbors. Here’s how a baby’s 100 day celebration is joyously observed in Korean tradition.

Why Is Baek-il Celebrated?

Baek-il translates to “one hundred days” in Korean, and is a celebration of a baby’s first 100 days of life. During this party, the baby’s parents welcome family, friends, and neighbors to their home, serve customary dishes, and receive gifts for the baby.  

Traditional Korean culture places heavy emphasis on children and child-rearing, in part due to the nation’s history of deadly epidemics. Up until the early 20th century, the mortality rate for Koreans was very high. Waterborne diseases like dysentery and cholera were rampant in the peninsula’s naturally wet environment. Sadly, malaria was particularly prevalent in Korea for generations, and contributed to higher infant mortality rates.

With the high number of health-related dangers lurking outside the home, including while the country was under Japanese colonial rule, families fiercely protected the early days of their baby’s life. Fittingly, many customs seek to keep young children as healthy as possible. In traditional Korean culture for example, only close relatives on the mother’s side of the family typically see the baby before they are three months old. Thus, Baek-il’s 100 day celebration is often an introduction of this new life into their extended family and larger community.

Baek-il, along with other age-related parties and ceremonies, marks an important milestone in a Korean baby’s life. It’s also believed to bring blessings upon the child for their continued health and development. Similarly to the Navajo’s First Laugh celebration, a baby reaching their Baek-il party serves as a reassuring sign to family and friends that this child will continue to thrive.

Modern Baek-il Celebrations By Korean-American Families

Modern Baek-il celebrations in Korean-American families still carry many of the same traditions their ancestors performed generations ago. A main feature in these parties is the food, especially soup and rice dishes. Baekseolgi, a white rice cake, is a popular treat that’s often prepared for an assortment of Korean events and holidays. The baby’s parents usually prepare this cake themselves or purchase it from a Korean grocery store. 

Tradition holds that the baby’s family should give out baekseolgi to their family, friends, and neighbors until they reach 100 people. Each recipient represents one day of the baby’s life until 100 days is reached. This charitable act is believed to bring blessings upon the child, and set them up for a long and happy life.

Parents typically host Baek-il at their homes, and set up tables with food and a small decorated space to place their infant for photos. Some Korean-American families hire professional photographers to celebrate and remember the day. At the party, guests bring gifts fitting for a baby shower. 

Welcome, baby!

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