So Kate Made 50 Days in England - But Could She Make 100 in Korea?
50 days? Easy. Doesn't it take that long at least to open the gifts?
This week I saw all the hoopla over the Dutchess of Cambridge passing 50 days as an official royal and it reminded me of the Korean celebration of baek-il held for children 100 days after birth. Now I know it's a stretch to be comparing children's milestone days to married couple days but work with me here and let me see if I can tie them together just a bit.
In the Korean celebration, 100 days holds significance because there was a high infant mortality rate before the advances of modern medicine. It seems not such a stretch that the modern celebrity marriage, with its high mortality rate, is about as susceptible to the same threats as a wee infant might have been 500 years ago: the pre-nups, the post-nups, the paparazzi, the tabloid speculations, the throngs of women who missed the boat with the princely beau, the Mrs. Robinson mother-in-law - pretty damn life threatening if you ask me.
At 100 days in Korea, the child is dressed in new traditional Korean clothes. In the west this clothing ritual seems reserved primarily for the wedding. After that couples almost immediately dress like shit or do their best to revert to collegiate-wear in hopes of regaining some lost freedom before succumbing to the inevitable ball n' chain fashion faux pas of the last few centuries. Kate's no different. Check out her shopping cart prêt-à-porter.
After the Korean child is appropriately decked out, he/she is seated before a table of various foods and objects such as thread, books, notebooks, brushes, ink and money which have all been given to the family by friends and relatives. The child is then urged to pick up an object from the table. If the child picks up a writing brush or book, for example, he is destined to be a scholar. If he picks up money or rice, he will be wealthy; cakes or other food, a government official; a sword or bow, a military commander. If the child picks up the thread, it is believed he will live a long life.
Now this routine for Royal's might seem to provide some real insight into the future of the the new union, thus avoiding some of the errors of the past. We put a nice hat on Kate (she likes hats) and sit her down at a big table full of whatever is left of the British Empire - while the whole family looks on. Then she has to pick. On the table we put a submarine, that bigger tiara, a few scattered islands, an iPad with the entire William Shakespeare collection as an eBook, 1/2 the Beatles, the Tate Modern, a shoulder mounted grenade launcher and the thread.
I'll let you predict what will happen to England if she picks up any respective item, but I personally would be a little concerned if she went for the grenade launcher and the thread.
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