A celebration of 40 days of life for this little sweetie in my arms and apparently her naming ceremony.
I had just got off a plane but I really wanted to go. And when given the opportunity to experience local traditions and cultures from this place we currently call home, I'll go.
It was such a beautiful celebration. Relatives from both sides of the family and honored guests where invited. And it had everything that I've come to expect from Kazahk parties - lots of food, drinks, speeches and toasts. And yes, even dancing!!
Once we all sat down (an hour and half later) the little baby girl was brought in and put into the cradle, then a close relative, which i believe was her grandfather called into her tiny ears 'your name is..... your name is......Eileen. After that they tied her in securely into the cradle and continued with the ceremony. As baby Eileen lay in the cradle sweets where placed into it while one of older women said/sang a prayer.
As I sat there and watched I could feel the love. I was lucky to have sat next to one of my husbands workmates who patiently translated the speeches and graciously explained what was being done, I soaked it all up.
It was really a beautiful thing to watch.
Like I said you could feel the love for this little girl and her parents and her family. I also realised how important these traditions are and how it brings people together.
It truly does take a village to raise a child.
Well while I was at this celebration here in KZ, my youngest sister was having her baby half way around the world. And I know for sure that when the time comes she will also carry out some of our customs and traditions that we have. My mother did it for us and my sisters and I have done the same for our children.
Traditions and customs are important. Such things help us to keep our identity relate with our people, our village.
And as an expat raising TC kids (Third Culture Kids), this is something I hold very close to my heart.
Have you seen or experienced a different culture?? Or do you have some customs and traditions that are important to you?