The birth of a new baby is always cause to celebrate. In the United States, people go out of their way to shower new parents and the baby with food and gifts to show their delight at the arrival of a healthy new bundle of joy. But if you travel around the globe, you'll discover that different cultures have unique ways of welcoming a new life into the world. If you're looking to go beyond cupcakes and flowers, you may be interested to learn the ways people around the world celebrate the birth of a child.
Although new life is honored in different ways around the world, the health and safety of the mother and the overall well-being of the child are a universal concern. Many of the rituals involve the mother resting in her family's home, while loved ones bring congratulatory gifts. In some cultures, shaving baby's head, piercing her ears, and even rubbing flour on her eyebrows are viewed as ways to keep her safe from the evils of the world.
So as you are preparing to celebrate the arrival of your new baby, why not take inspiration from another culture by trying one or more of these rituals that speaks to you? Or if you're feeling really creative, why not create one of your own?