Aliyah Ena Fernandes, the third child of Tan Sri Tony Fernandes (his first with current wife Chloe Kim) turned one a few weeks ago. The birthday celebration had a Korean theme to honour her heritage from her mom’s side.
The AirAsia CEO took to his Instagram to share a few pics from the event. In the photos, the whole Fernandes family – including birthday girl Aliyah – donned the traditional hanbok outfits.
“Happy birthday to my super cute (and) smart daughter, Aliyah. Here’s to a great life ahead for you,” the 58-year-old wrote in the caption. With a white and pink theme for her birthday, Baby Aliyah was also presented with a special custom, namely the Doljanchi (돌잔치). For those who don’t know, the first birthday of a newborn is a very important event among Koreans, because it carries significant meaning.
Apart from singing the birthday song and blowing out candles, there’s also a special custom during the Doljanchi festival, and it’s called Doljabi (돌잡이). During the activity, children will pick up one or two objects among various options that each represent a different meaning. It’s understood that the items chosen by them apparently “symbolises” the children’s future career.
In one of the photos, baby Aliyah had picked up a microphone, among other items. Scrolling through the comments, many of Tony’s followers, as well as netizens tried to guess the career path chosen by Baby Aliyah when she grows up. In this case, some predicted that she would become either a singer or a public speaker when she grows up. In addition, others also gushed over the cuteness of the little toddler.
Tony tied the knot with his Korean beau in October 2017. See their wedding pics here.