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    What important rituals or events you celebrate during childhood time of your child in your family?

    India is a country of various religions, castes and follows various traditions. Parents enjoy celebrating various rituals that they carry in the childhood of their wards. Usually, after 2 months of the birth of the child 'Namakaranam' will be done at 2 months of age of the child. In this ritual, the name proposed for the child will be written on a plate of rice by the father. In this event, honey or milk will be touched to the mouth of the child by parents and relatives. Another important ritual called 'Annaprashana. At this time, solid food will be given for the first time to the child. This event will be done around 5-6 months. Later at 2 years age, Aksharabhyasam will be conducted at the age of 2 years. At this time father or Brahman will make the child write 'Om, Nama Shivaya Siddham Namaha' on a plate of rice. Some parents will conduct this event in a very famous Temple in Saraswathi Devi Temple located in Basara of Telangana. Upanayanam or Thread marriage will be done for male child above 6 years in our sect. In some other sects, wearing Dhoti is the event they carry at the mature age of the child. In the case of girls, on attaining puberty, a very grand function will be celebrated leading to wearing half sarees. Members, please elaborate the special traditions you follow in your families.
  • #722633
    From childhood to the adult we go through many celebrations which are as follows. The first being the naming ceremony of child which takes place on the eleventh day from birth. The eighth month is the time of Annaprasam, that means introducing our food to the child. The next being the one year birthday which normally coincides with ear piercing either boy or girl. Next being the tonsuring of hair for the first time since birth and that would be a grand celebration at the temples. Then at the age of seven, the yajurveda Upakarma is done. And finally the marriage is performed at the right age.
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  • #722714
    When I was in school we used to go to different houses where Ramcharitmanas oration was organised. It usually lasted for 36 to 48 hours. It was a religious activity but being chanted with music it made an impressive event and many people voluntarily went to attend it. Then another activity was going to the temples on festival days. There were many temples where we went depending on the particular festival. We did it with great concern and dedication.
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  • #722717
    We have a function on the 6th day after the birth of the child, in which all the relatives are invited. After this, Warsaw is done when the child is 3 months old. In this, the hair of the child's head is removed and Kajal is applied into the eye of the child for the first time on the day, this work is done by Bua. In this, the whole family of the child's maternal uncle is mainly involved. The next important celebration Annaprashan is done for the child after 6 months, in which the child is fed by his maternal uncle with a liquid diet other than milk for the first time. There is no special ceremony here for naming, most of the baby's aunt decides the name but actually, it was decided by the whole family.

  • #722718
    India is a country where many religions are followed and people belonging to different religious communities celebrate special occasions and rituals as per their religious scriptures and traditional values. In muslim also we celebrate several rituals pertaining small children or kids. But the thing I have noticed that in this modern age, people celebrate these rituals in the presence of limited number of people.

  • #722730
    We had a function, called 'Navan', on the tenth day after the birth of the child and in that we used to call the relatives and friends for taking food in our house and at that time the guests will also give some gift to the newborn child like a cloth piece or toy or something of that nature that one can afford. On this day the child is given a name also. Then after 6 months we had a function where it was believed that now the baby can start taking cooked food as so far he was fed on milk only. On that day also we celebrated it and invited the friends and relatives. That time we did not have culture of celebrating the birth day and even if it was there it was only limited to visiting a temple and take the blessings of the lord. Then once the male child gets an age of 10-15 years we had a thread ceremony where we had a grand function in which the boy was asked to wear a thread and start doing chanting of Gayatri mantra and other worshipping that he may like to do on his own. This function is not very popular now and this particular ritual is nowadays merged with the marriage function.
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  • #722757
    After the birth of the child on the 21st day, we will have a function called Cradle function. The child will be kept in the cradle for the first time on 21st day and the ladies from the neighbouring houses will be called and sing songs and offer them some sweets.
    When the child starts walking for the first time we will have the tradition of making a special sweet known as Arisa in Telugu and distributing it to all the relatives and friends nearby and to the neighbours.
    Then there will be a Programme called Puttuventrukalu. This is nothing but removing the hair on the head of the child for the first time. This programme will be carried out in nearby pilgrim centre or in the house itself. In some families, the removal of hair will be done by the uncle that is the brother of the mother. Generally, it will be performed before 1st birthday or after completing 2 years.

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