Every country has its own race and culture. Any country with a strong culture always applies several traditions upon several moments like baby birth, wedding, funeral, and many more. Here, this article is about to describe the interesting fact about baby born ritual tradition in India.
India is known very well for its dense population. Centuries ago, the birth of a baby boy was celebrated in a more glorious way than a baby girl. But, in the past, only the birth of a baby boy was celebrated in such an extravagant celebration. Because a girl was considered a burden for any family as she will not be able to bear the family’s name.
Started at the beginning of the millennium when the celebration of a baby girl was more extravagant than a baby boy. When the project called The Tejaswini project from the UN International Fund provided financial aids for women to be more independent in India.
Naamkaran is the ceremony when a family names a baby born. This is an important ceremony for Hindu people, right after a baby was born. The ceremony is classified as a formal one when there is a presence of so many relatives and close friends.
The name Naamkaran means Naam (Sanskrit) or ‘name’ in English, and Karan which means ‘create’. Keep in mind that this is not the only ritual for a baby born. There are still other kinds of sixteen rituals for any baby born.
India has several castes, though every caste celebrates this kind of ritual. But, some regions may apply different rituals based on their regional background, though the rule may follow the Hindu teachings. Rituals can be done within a week or two after a baby was born.
All baby born rituals are celebrated extravagantly because they consider that the mother deserves to enjoy happiness after the tiring nine-month pregnancy.
How The Ritual Takes Place
Centuries ago, such ritual was held right after the baby was born, because almost all babies were born at home. These days, the celebration takes place after the baby has arrived at home.
The baby will be fed with honey and ghee by his or her father, which represents the love of parents who expect the baby to be very healthy and wealthy. This ritual is called Jatakarma.
Then, the ritual continues with the head shaving, which represents the removal of all sins and impurities. For a baby girl, there will be an ear-piercing, while a baby boy will get a circumcision. Both rituals are compulsory. When a baby girl has her ear-pierced, it is believed that her life will be very smooth and nice. While a baby boy has to be circumcised because it is based on religious regulation.
Most parents visit any temple before the celebration takes place, so the priest can read verses from Guru Granth Sahib as a Hindu’s holy book for the baby.