A baby boy who dressed up as a Korean emperor to celebrate baek-il, the first 100 days of his life has gone viral on Twitter.
Over the weekend, user Lorraine Ye posted pictures of her nephew Elliot, who was clothed in a hanbok and surrounded by a bounty of food and ornaments.
it was my nephew’s 100 day and none of us were worthy pic.twitter.com/wGuYKNwERc
— lorr (@LorraineYe) February 10, 2019
Elliot was celebrating baek-il, a time-honored Korean tradition that celebrates an infant’s first 100 days after birth.
“Back in the olden days, it was very easy for children to fall sick and pass away prior to the 100th day,” Ye recalled.
Families observing the milestone traditionally worshipped Samshin, the triple goddess of childbirth and fate in Korean mythology.
They offer her rice and soup in gratitude for the infant’s survival, while rice cakes, wine and other delicacies are served after prayer with relatives and friends.
Thanks to Aunt Ye, Elliot’s celebration was an instant hit, gaining more than 370,000 likes and 100,000 retweets as of this writing.
The “benevolent baby emperor” has become so popular that his family caved in to requests for an Instagram page that “his people” can follow.
User @JayssNest even created an artwork depicting the “young emperor’s” celebration.
“My sister-in-law (the baby’s mother) loves this! She thinks it’s funny and adorable!” Ye commented.
Interestingly, Elliot had a bicultural celebration as he is half-Chinese. Ye pointed this out in explaining the presence of red confetti eggs on his cake.
“Baby is half Chinese and his 100th day was in part a Korean celebration part Chinese! It’s custom for 100th day Chinese celebrations to have red eggs and ginger.”
Needless to say, Elliot’s subjects are enjoying his rule.
this child banished me from my lands and took my prized horses to slaughter on his own whim and i thanked him for being such a good ruler
— Phil Incelmo (@WhereDidJennyGo) February 11, 2019
I would swear lifelong fealty to this child and offer him regular tribute as a loyal vassal.
— Paella Fitzgerald (@breathlesslyb) February 11, 2019
Not to be dramatic but i would duel for his honor
— Plastic Man (@Almondrobopanda) February 11, 2019
Not to be dramatic but I would take my father’s place and fight in a war for him.
— Marj. (@bouncebckbltrx) February 11, 2019
IDK WHO YOU ARE BUT I WILL PROTECC THIS BABY WITH MY WHOLE BEING
— dead inside™🖤 @komiket table68 (@Lumi_Skullgurl) February 11, 2019
ADORABLE 10/10 CONTENT
— jazz (@razzamajazz) February 10, 2019
— hewwo (@znyisml) February 11, 2019
I accept my beating pic.twitter.com/HwgtpAZW4m
— swimcoach (@imswimcoach) February 11, 2019