In Korean tradition, parents celebrate their newborn's 100th day of life. Baek-il literally means "100th day". For centuries, infant mortality was very high in Korea. Much like a CPU burn-in period or failure rates over a bathtub curve, if a baby could live for a 100 days, there was a good chance it would make it to adulthood.

The parents and relatives celebrate the baby's 100th day by preparing special yummy treats. Four types of rice cakes are prepared and have symbolic meanings or wishes. A steamed rice cake is prepared to represent longevity. Another is prepared to represent holiness. A red bean rice cake is prepared to dispel evil spirits. A five-color moon rice cake is prepared to show the child's harmony with nature.

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