Indian and Sikh
baby showers Godh Bharai
What are Indian and Sikh baby showers?
Indian and Sikh baby showers usually called Godh Bharia are traditions and rituals that take place during the last few months of pregnancy.
It is essentially a baby shower celebrated during pregnancy to welcome the unborn baby in to the family and bless the mother-to-be. In Hindi, Godh Bharai literally means to ‘fill the lap’ with abundance.
What happens during an Indian or Sikh baby shower?
In some families the mum to be is dressed in a special sari and wears a garland of flowers. A traditional ritual known as a puja is also performed. On some occasions the pregnant mum to be is anointed with special oils by the elderly women in the family.
Traditionally, Godh Bharai is a ‘women-only’ gathering although in modern times most of the family including male and females attend the ceremony. After the traditional rituals and puja the mum to be is given gifts and jewellery from family members. Her lap is also filled with gifts, fruits and sweets and further rituals are sometimes carried out between the mother to be and another close female member who has children already.
It is also common for the ceremony to have singing, dancing and a fair amount of teasing and fun. It may include some games such as guessing the gender of the baby by the size and shape of the pregnant mum’s belly or creating a names list for your baby.
Tips for an enjoyable Godh Bharai
It is a good idea to get a decent nights sleep before the ceremony as it can be tiring, have extra pillows or a small chair or stool to hand in case you struggle to sit on the floor
You may want to select a sari, lehenga or salwar kameez for the occasion, preferably something as comfortable as possible
There may be a range of sweets and deep fried savouries to eat at the ceremony try to eat small quantities of what you like but go with what you crave
You may also want to give small tokens of appreciation such as, scarves, pretty bangles, bindis, cosmetics, as return gifts
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