Hindu godh bharai
This special family celebration blesses the unborn baby and showers the mom-to-be with gifts, blessings, and support in her new journey of motherhood.
Usually, the godh bharai is a women-only celebration involving a ceremony of singing, dancing, games and adorning the mother-to-be with colorful jewelry, bangle bracelets, filling her lap with gifts, fruits and sweets.
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The party includes gifts for the Mother-to-be, but prior to opening presents there are a variety of games to be played:
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This celebration is held within the first week after birth (usually three or four days later). Guests offer gifts of foods and clothes to the newborn. The most respected person in attendance is the one who has the honor of naming the newborn.
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The event is usually attended by men and women, and guests bring gifts for both the birthday baby and the mother.
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The event is a formal affair and traditionally consists of a large banquet dinner. Guests bring gifts of money in red envelopes for the new baby and parents. (The color red is associated with good luck and good fortune.)
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