Zhuazhou

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Zhuazhou
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A Korean girl selects on an object at her first birthday party.
Traditional Chinese抓週
Simplified Chinese抓周

Zhuazhou (抓周 – literally, "pick" and "anniversary") is an Asian ritual held at a child's first birthday party, when the child is 1 year old by Chinese reckoning. The parents put various objects before the child. The child's choice is used to forecast his future. This custom is said can be dated back to the Northern and Southern dynasties (420-589). Yan Zhitui in his book Yanshi jiaxun 顏氏家訓 ("The Family Instructions of Master Yan") documented a custom that is very similar to Zhuazhou today. [1] The earliest written record of this custom can be trace back to the Song dynasty (960-1279).[2] It is portrayed in a well-known scene in the novel Dream of the Red Chamber. It is known as Doljabi during the Doljanchi or first year celebration in Korea.

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