It is interesting to find out about birthday celebrations from countries which are rich in cultures. One of the most interesting birthday cultures is Indian. It is true that there are many modern Indians who already celebrate their birthdays like the common birthday celebration, like cutting a birthday cake and inviting friends to come over. But, some Indian people combine modern and traditional cultures in celebrating birthdays. Yet, there are very few people who still maintain the Hindu rituals in celebrating birthdays. Check out these interesting facts about the birthday in the Indian tradition:
Visiting Temples for Blessings
For Indians, visiting temples is a routine activity for almost any occasion. Birthday is not an exception. Visiting a temple when a person is celebrating a birthday is a necessity. People who celebrate their birthdays visit temples very early in the morning, around 4 or 5 AM. Based on Indian culture, gods are very active during those hours. They pray and expect blessings from gods through the priests of the temple. As they wish for good fortune in their new ages.
Pujas and Aarti
Once they arrived after visiting the temple, they celebrate birthdays by praying or pujas. They hold Aarti or a ceremony of praying with the family members. This praying is held with the family members sitting in the form of a circle, where there is very small fame from a small container called ghee. The flame will be rotated to the birthday man or woman by all the family members. They take a turn until everyone has the turn. This is the symbol of blessings. Later on, the birthday man or woman will place a tikka on the forehead of the guests as the symbol of honor. For your information, tikka is a liquid which is made of a combination of rice, butter and, yogurt with colored powder. For younger kids, the puja is held by the birthday kids should bow and touch their parents’ feet, symbolizing their thankfulness for them during the past years.
This is a very common tradition among toddlers who just celebrated the first year of their lives. The parents will shave the head to symbolize the removal of the sins that the toddlers might bring from their ancestors. By shaving the hair, the toddlers are free from sins and ready to welcome their new lives. Yet, this tradition still applies to younger kids and will likely stop when they reach their teens. Most teenagers in Indian are already living modern lives now, so they prefer to celebrate birthdays by spending a special day with their closest friends.
Wearing new clothes
This is very common among Indians who celebrate almost every special thing, including birthdays. Wearing new clothes is mostly favored by kids and teens, as they consider that new clothes are welcoming the bright future in the year to come.