Part 1: Emerald’s First Birthday ! (Zhua Zhou抓周)
Emerald has finally turn 1 on early this month of September. Yes, we did an early celebration for him. His actual day actually falls on a Friday.
Well, planning is really a torture. It’s hard to find a venue where they can accommodate more than 50pax at a reasonable price. I need a Big Venue, Pretty & Delicious Cake, Decorations. I know I can get an event planner, but almost all are over my budget. A 2 tier customize cake can already cost up to $300+, just the cake. What about the decorations and catering? Gonna cost a bomb. Yeah, I took quite a long time to source for what I need and price comparison are done.
My parents are consider quite tradition, so this special day is important to them as well. & it’s their very first male grandson by their eldest daughter, me. So they expect to have a lot of guests and everything had to be good. 1 year old mah, have to do big right? But Emerald will not remember when he grows up.
In tradition, people believes that baby that turns 1 have to 抓周 (Zhua Zhou), picking of the future. Yes, mostly are “played” on their lunar birthday. So does Emerald! For抓周 (Zhua Zhou) to begin, there are a few items that you will need to prepare. Each object symbolic a future career path. You can have them all place in a plate and have your child to pick one. I can’t find a big plate, so I just place them on the floor in a roll for Emerald to crawl to them and see which he picks!
I place him a distance away from the items before letting him crawl. & very quickly, he picks one. I thought he would pick food because he’s a glutton for food. I only place a few items because there are too many…..
- Pizza (cause I’ve no drumstick) – Don’t have to worry about food and clothes for the whole life.
- Storybook (I’ve no dictionary) – Will study well, & suitable to be a professional.
- Calculator(as abacus) – Business man / Designer
- Gold coin – Rich ~
- Note – I place gold coin and a $50 note for Emerald. Haha.
- Pen – Write / Artist
Though predictions are not guaranteed, but it was fun watching your child to pick their future. Like Emerald, unpredictable. He chose the Calculator instead of Pizza. Yes, he ate pizza before, maybe he didn’t like it. LOL.