Newborn Baby Traditions Around The World
- Author: Priyanka Published: 28th May, 2021
Newborn babies are a blessing. They bring in joy and so much happiness with them. Different cultures have different traditions and ways of welcoming them into the world. Gifting, somehow, still is a big part of most of them. Here’s how different countries celebrate newborns and their impending journeys:
A unique and surprising newborn baby tradition of letting babies sleep outside of their homes is followed in Iceland. This is done despite the weather conditions, and many people believe that this could be the reason for their improved longevity. On average, Icelanders live 10 more years than people from other countries.
In Spain, on the festival of Corpus Christi, as part of the catholic celebrations, babies are lined up on the streets on pillows and a man dressed up as the Devil jumps over them in order to absolve the newborn babies of their future sins. The practice is believed to date back to 1620, and it is called ‘El Colacho’.
Greek culture is rich in traditions, customs and superstitions. One such custom is not to let the baby’s clothes lay out to dry on the eighth day of their birth. It is believed to attract bad spirits. Similarly, babies are also not allowed to catch a reflection of themselves in the mirror before they are Christened.
In some Indian states, a popular Hindu tradition for newborn babies is gifting gold and silver to bring them good luck. The ornaments represent strength and a wish for the baby to grow up healthy and strong. Some families even stud the ornaments with precious gemstones to bring positivity into the baby’s life.
In Russia, babies aren’t born with a silver spoon but are gifted one by friends and family of parents after they are born. Relatives wait until the baby grows his/her first tooth before gifting the silver spoon. It is supposed to bring wealth and good luck to their future.
In China, as a customary tradition, a red envelope full of money is given to newborn babies to bring them happiness, good fortune and luck. The motif in gold colour, on top of the envelope, also symbolises prosperity.
Another evil eye protection custom, knitted red shoe,s is given to newborns to prevent bad luck. It is imperative that newborns leave the hospital wearing red shoes to avoid catching negative energy.