Since ancient times, a baby naming ceremony has been an important celebration in many cultures. Today, this ceremony can be an alternative to a traditional baptism or christening, offering a secular way to celebrate the birth of a child. The type of naming ceremony you wish to have for your child can be unique and personal to your particular family, depending on what you choose.
Nature Child Naming Ceremony
A nature child naming ceremony follows some of the pagan and Native American traditions, honouring the earth and elements. This ceremony is held outdoors and "introduces" the infant to his spirit guides from the six directions--north, south, east, west, above and below--and to the elements--earth, air, fire, water and spirit. Have representations of these directions and elements present, and name the child before them and relatives and friends. You can ask a speaker to recite blessings for the child, as well. Follow the ceremony with an outdoor organic picnic.
Namkaran is the Hindu baby naming ceremony, which takes place when an infant is 12 days old. You celebrate the birth of the baby by having the baby's father stand before a sacred fire and whispering the baby's name into her ear before introducing the infant to relatives and friends. Serve a feast of Indian food after the ceremony.
Tree Planting Ceremony
The tree planting ceremony takes place at the parents' home. A speaker presents a reading or poem for the child, and the parents and godparents bestow the child's name on him and then together present the infant to friends and relatives. They then plant a tree in the child's honour, and everyone shares a meal.
Time Capsule Naming Ceremony
The time capsule ceremony requires the assistance of family and friends prior to the birth of the child. Ask family and friends to contribute items for the child's time capsule or memory box. These items can be photographs, poetry, letters to the new baby, written wishes, hopes, dreams and prayers for the child. At the ceremony, display the items on a table until the ceremony, when they are placed in the container that will be used as the time capsule. For the ceremony, present the child's name to the guests, and bury the capsule or place it in a significant spot. You can open the capsule at the child's 10th birthday celebration.
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