In Hinduism, there are a lot of rituals taken place for the child including even before the labor and actual birth of the child. However, this slide will show the rituals taken place after the baby is born.
Jatakarma is a ritual where the relatives and family welcomes the new born baby into the family. This is done by putting some honey into the baby's mouth and whispering the name of God into the child's ear.
Annaprasana or the baby’s first solid food feeding ceremony is usually performed in sixth or seventh month as per the gender of the baby. For a male child, this ritual is taken place in the sixth or even months, and for a female, it is taken place in the seventh or odd months. In the Hindu tradition, the solid food is introduced into the baby's mouth, which is supposed to help with the skill of mastering speech.
Namakarna (Naming ceremony)
When a baby is born, a ceremony called the Jatakarma is held. It is a ceremony that welcomes the baby into the world. In the ceremony, the father of the new born baby places a small amount of ghee and honey on the baby's tongue and whispers a prayer of the name of God in his ear. As the baby life goes onto the eleventh day, the parents does a celebration of 'name-giving.' This ceremony is called Namakarana where you first dress the baby into new nice clothes. Then, an astrologer uses the horoscope of the position of the moon to decide and declare the baby's name to the family.
Mundan is a ritual of the first haircut of the Hindu baby. Relatives and close friends are invited to bless this ceremony. The Mundan happens in the first or third year of the baby's life. A professional Hindu specialising in this ritual is invited to shave the baby's hair off. The reason why they do this is because it is supposed to get rid of the sins, or 'karma' in Hinduism and cleanse the unclean spirit. It is also for the purpose of
In Hinduism, the ceremonies are the symbols of birth. They use all of these to 'symbolise' someone's birth.