Should you have
a Mundan ceremony?
What is a Mundan Ceremony?
A Mundan ceremony is a popular with Muslim, Hindu and Hindu Punjabi traditions and involves babies having their hair shaven off. In some religions this is mostly done on boys and in some cultures this can also include girls as well.
Some Sikhs perform the kesi dahi ceremony which is where curd is put in the hair of the newborn baby boy. Among Hindus, the Mundan is performed during the first or third year of a child’s life.
What are the reasons for having a Mundan Ceremony?
The main reasons are that it purifies the baby from its past life, it is also done because:
- It bestows a long life and a good future
- Improves the growth of the baby’s hair
- Protects the child from the evil eye
- Helps relieve headache and pains caused by teething
- Cleanses the child’s body and soul
Should I let my child have one?
This is totally a decision that is yours to make, get the facts before deciding and speak to your families to see what traditions they have. Once you are informed speak to your partner and then make a decision together based on what is best for your baby.
If you do decided to have a Mundan ceremony here are a few tips to take on board to ensure it is a safe and happy process for you and your baby:
- Ensure that the barber’s equipment and tools are sterilised, if you have the first hair cut at home, wash the tools and sterilise them properly. It is probably best to buy a new pair of scissors and a razor in this instance
- Keep your baby occupied with a toy or book when his or her hair is getting shaved.
- Give your baby a bath right after the shaving ceremony. Make sure you wash off any hair trapped between the folds of the skin.
- Apply some antiseptic cream to heal any cuts on your baby’s head. Gently dab it on your baby’s head and make sure your baby doesn’t ingest it.