Today, I attended a baby shower for the first time ever! In India, some Hindu communities have a ‘woman only’ ceremony for the mother-to-be when she is in the 7th or 8th month of her pregnancy. It is called godhbharai in North India while in South India it is called Valaikappu or Pulikudi. The mother-to-be is decked in traditional attire and is showered with blessings by the women from her family and community. In India, it tends to be a religious ceremony while the western concept of a baby shower is oriented towards fun.
The one I attended was hosted for my Indonesian friend, Yana, by one of the girls from our Danish language class. Our host gave us a chance to experience a baby shower American style …but without the cheesy games! The entire room was decorated with ribbons, balloons and signs…all in blue. After some yummy homemade cake, a variety of finger foods and fun conversation we sat down to open the gifts.
Since I knew that my friend was having a boy and having pried out the baby’s name, I had made a cute and colourful name sign for the baby. I painted the letters in the name in white and yellow against a dark blue background. I then peppered it with some cute animals – an elephant, a whale, an owl, a butterfly and a bird. Some nifty work with gift wrapping paper, magazine strips and a gift tag followed to complete the job.
The gifts from the rest of the girls included a cute hand knit brown sweater, a pair of pretty blue wool socks by Lisbeth Dahl and a set of tiny white and green rompers with a matching cap that said “tiny hippo”:-). The mother-to-be was of course thrilled with the baby shower and the gifts and a good time was had by all.