Bringing a new baby home is one of the most exciting universal human experiences.
For most parents, it isa time of celebration — when families and communities come together to honor and welcome the new child.
Rituals and ceremonies that mark a child’s birth and survival are common worldwide.
These rituals not only celebrate and acknowledge the child, but can also serve as an important way for families to solidify their connection to community, heritage and culture.
Although babies aren’t yet fully aware, these rituals are important for them as well. Along with being the first introduction to who they are, they also serve as guideposts as they grow and develop their own sense of identity. Even if they drift away from or reject their heritage, their early experiences give them a place to return to if they so choose.