Newborn Baby -the Most Beautiful Creation of God

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Most Beautiful Newborn Babies

Vijayalakshmi is seated on a wooden low lying stool, wearing a silk saree and lot of ornaments. There is scorching heat outside and bright sun. But her ancestral house situated in the southern part of India is full of people celebrating her coming home from her in-laws place for the delivery of the first baby.

Her parents have invited all their relatives and friends for the occasion. She is seven months pregnant and is expecting a world's most beautiful new born baby. Her aunts put vermilion on her forehead and prayed for her and for the health of her baby. They also put bangles on her hand for her protection and to ward off the evil eye. This is how a typical “valakaappu” is celebrated in the southern part of India.

Valakaappu

Valakaappu is an occasion for celebrating the expecting arrival of the baby. Newborns are the most beautiful creations of parents; of the world. Human beings celebrate the arrival of new born in different ways. Almost all the cultural groups in different regions of the world celebrate the arrival of new born.

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Mustard Seeds Pillow for New Born Baby

Almost all the cultural groups in different regions of the world celebrate the arrival of new born.

In India, it is customary to prepare a place in the house for newborn’s arrival. Baby coat, mattress, pillow etc are purchased in advance. But many people believe that something may go wrong if things are bought in advance for the baby. In north eastern parts of India, baby’s pillow is made by filling mustard seeds in a cloth piece and stitching it on all sides to make it a pillow. This is believed to help in giving a beautiful shape to the head of the baby, as it is not hard and baby can easily roll the head on it.

Elder women of the household will be very thrilled making mustard seeds pillow for the baby. Mustard seeds pillows are not washed and reused. As it gets dirty, it is replaced with a new one. Clean and soft pieces of old cotton cloth are used often. If new piece of cloth is used, it is washed and dried before stiching the pillow. The elders are wise enough to keep two or three pillows ready in case the baby spoils the existing one!

Baby's Soft Mattress

Some people prefer to prepare Babies’ small mattress from soft clothes stitched together at home. This is usually done by the mother or the mother-in-law of the pregnant woman.

Customs for Seemantham and Godh Bharai

During the seventh month of pregnancy, the mother is usually brought to the parental house from husband’s house for customs for Seemantham and Godh bharai. Thereafter the mother will be staying in the parental house for up to two to three months after the delivery. This custom helps the mother to get support from her parents and to get adjusted to the additional task of taking care of a baby.

New Born Celebration in India

The arrival of the newborn is celebrated in different names in different parts of India. The expectant mother is given special attention and importance on the occasion. She will be decked up with beautiful clothes and ornaments and friends and relatives surround her with blessings and gifts. It is known as seemantham, godh bharai, pulikuti etc in different parts of India.

All these traditions under different names help the pregnant lady to find help and support during the critical period of her life. The different food items served in such occasions are a symbol of love and affection to the expecting mother and a way to celebrate the joy of having another human being to the family. The family look forward to the exciting moment of seeing the new born face, the most peaceful and beautiful face in the world.

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thumbi7 17 months ago from India Author

Hi Indian Chef

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Indian Chef 17 months ago from New Delhi India

I totally agree with what you said about keeping things in household where baby is about to come. Also when ever a baby is due, there is so much excitement in the family and even relatives.


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thumbi7 4 years ago from India Author

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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

Thanks thumbi for sharing this very informative hub. I don´t think we have that kind of tradition in the Philippines for the babies. Not even in Germany. I find it awesome welcoming a baby who is still in the womb. Voted up and awesome.


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thumbi7 4 years ago from India Author

Hi Blossom SB,

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BlossomSB 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

That was so interesting. Thank you for sharing about your culture. Voted up.


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thumbi7 4 years ago from India Author

Hi mann,

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thumbi7 4 years ago from India Author

Hi Sunita

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mann101955 4 years ago from TRICHIRAPALLI, TAMIL NADU, INDIA-621216

Very good article. I like it.


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Sunita-Sharma 4 years ago from Los Angeles,California,US

Very nice & interesting hub...really enjoyed reading it!


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thumbi7 4 years ago from India Author

@sim1508

Thank you very much for the visit


sim1508 4 years ago

One of the best moments of life and it gives so much eternal happiness


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thumbi7 4 years ago from India Author

Thanks Anjili


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Anjili 4 years ago from planet earth, a humanoid

Very well said. No wonder they are called bundles of joy.


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thumbi7 4 years ago from India Author

@wheelinallover

Thank you very much for coming back and updating me on the use of pillows for the babies.

I appreciate your kind act.


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wheelinallover 4 years ago from Central United States

In America those afraid of Sudden infant death syndrome are the ones who don't use pillows. One of "our friends" lost a child to it so all are being cautious. There have been two children born into our group within the past seven months. Neither are using pillows. Both are healthy children and the parents are doing their best to keep them healthy and alive.


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thumbi7 4 years ago from India Author

@Becky Katz

Baby shower has the same objectives of supporting the mother to be and preparing her for the birth of the baby. Pregnancy and labour are stressors for the body and mind of the mother to be. I am very happy to know that you have a system in place to help the mother.


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thumbi7 4 years ago from India Author

@dmop

I appreciate your zeal in taking care of seven children without much support from parental family. In India, we still have the grandparents staying with us in most part of the country. They play a major role in shaping the behaviour and character of the grandchildren.


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thumbi7 4 years ago from India Author

@wheelinallover

The customs and practices are different in different parts of the world. May be these customs and rituals are evolved considering what is best for each society. It is very interesting to know about the practices of your society.

About the pillow, I just wonder which is scientific. Using it or not using it?


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

This is a beautiful look at your customs. We throw a baby shower for the mother to be. Her mother-in-law or best friends will usually have a party inviting all of her friends, family and co-workers to come. We give gifts for the baby and the mother. These are to help her prepare for the birth. Clothes, baby beds, car seats, and bedding along with diapers and anything else needed to care for a baby are given.


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dmop 4 years ago from Cambridge City, IN

I have 7 children and each of them is very dear and special, I love them all very much. We don't have quite the same support system you talk about, but that is our custom I suppose. I agree that we could all use a few lessons to help us as parents, but most of us do the best we can. Thank you for sharing, voted up and interesting.


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wheelinallover 4 years ago from Central United States

The latest birth for this house was seven months ago. He was a sixth child for the mother. No special pillows for him he has no pillow at all. Here they are considered unsafe.

The mothers family show up from time to time. The child's grandfather has never seen him. Our group for the most part take care of our own. The goal here is to provide a safe place for those who need one.

Voted up interesting and sharing with my hub pages followers.


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thumbi7 4 years ago from India Author

@theking2020,

Babies are of course God's blessing.

Parent's role is to take care of them and guide them in this birth

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theking2020 4 years ago

A baby is gods blessing been delivered to the parents who had that baby.


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thumbi7 4 years ago from India Author

@Madurai

You are absolutely correct. Just born babies of any animal is cute.

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Madurai 4 years ago from Online

Thumbi7 - not only just born child, even any creatures at the young age looks much beautiful. I was attracted by so many puppies, donkeys, even pigs at it's early stages, just born. Thanks for sharing:)


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thumbi7 4 years ago from India Author

Hi Susan,

I am glad that you enjoyed this hub.

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Have a wonderful day!


susanm23b 4 years ago

Very interesting hub! I really enjoyed reading and learning about a cultural celebration that is new to me.

I agree! Babies are a wonderful blessing from God :)


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thumbi7 4 years ago from India Author

Thank you Shonali for that kind comment


shonali 4 years ago

really beautiful!!!!!!!!!


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thumbi7 4 years ago from India Author

@shampa sadhya

Thank you very much for that input. I have seen "Shaad" being celebrated. Was not aware of "Saptammrita".


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shampa sadhya 4 years ago from NEW DELHI, INDIA

Voted up and beautiful!

It is a very well presented hub. In West Bengal, India or it's better to say the Bengali speaking people call the function held at the seventh month as 'Saptammirta' and the celebration held at the ninth month of pregnancy is known as 'Shaad'.


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thumbi7 4 years ago from India Author

Thank you Radhikasree! I am glad that this hub brought some beautiful memories for you.


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radhikasree 4 years ago from Mumbai,India

Wonderful article on the celebration of arrival of a new baby! Made me remember my Valakaappu that was celebrated in Kerala. Awesome!


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thumbi7 4 years ago from India Author

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ishwaryaa22 4 years ago from Chennai, India

Beautiful Hub! A great way of letting hubbers take a look into Indian's culture! Vote up!


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thumbi7 5 years ago from India Author

Thank you tirelestraveler for the visit and comment. I feel honoured that this hub added to your knowledge.


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tirelesstraveler 5 years ago from California

Very nice hub, you have expanded my education in a delightful way.


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thumbi7 5 years ago from India Author

Thank you Ruchi for the complements. Please visit again.


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Ruchi Urvashi 5 years ago from Singapore

Great celebration, all pregnant women deserve it! I never got a chance to celebrate my pregnancy this way but I listened to lot of good music and let my baby dance inside. Well written article. Great work.


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thumbi7 5 years ago from India Author

Thank you Eiddwen. I appreciate and value your comments.


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

Thank you so much thumbi7 for sharing this gem.

Take care and hav a wonderful day.

Eiddwen.


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thumbi7 5 years ago from India Author

Thanks Krish Shonali.


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Krish Shonali 5 years ago

i love new born babies...........really cute!!!!!!!!!


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vianasya 5 years ago from Indonesia

Nice share thumbi7. Very interesting tradition you have there in your country. I think you're absolutely right. Almost all the cultural groups in different regions of the world celebrate the arrival of new born. Perhaps because baby is always be something amazing in life, isn't? :)


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thumbi7 5 years ago from India Author

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shwetha123 5 years ago

Very interesting

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