We have studied how Christians, Muslims and Sikhs welcome a new baby.
Christians have a Baptism to welcome the baby into the Church. They sing hymns and say prayers during the service. Holy Water is then poured onto the babies head in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Muslims whisper to the newborn baby about Allah. They then have a service called the Aquiqah at the Mosque. The Aquiqah is a special Muslim ceremony to welcome a new baby. It is held after the baby is born, around the seventh day. Presents are given to the new baby and the parents and some of the meat that is cooked for the celebration is
given to the poor.
The baby has it's first haircut. This is to take away any bad luck in the baby's life. The hair is weighed and the same weight of gold or silver is given as a donation to the poor.
Sikhs go to the Gurdwara – their place of worship – for a special naming ceremony called Naam Karanto. This is when they find out what their baby’s name will be. Their holy book is the Guru Granth Sahib and this is used to name the baby. The person who looks after the book opens the book at a random page and the first letter of the first word on the left hand page will be the first letter of the baby’s name. Sikh boys are also given the name Singh which means lion and girls, Kaur which means princess. After the ceremony everyone is given a piece of prashad (which is a special sweet pudding which has been blessed) from the same bowl to show that everyone is equal.