hello, world

April 7, 2009 • 6 comments • 837 views

A couple of months ago, my niece was officially welcomed into the world. We had her cukur jambul, a Malay tradition that after a baby is born, you’re supposed to say some prayers and cut his or her hair a little bit, tell the mother how cute the baby is and eat lots after that.

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My niece’s ‘throne’

 

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After the prayers, my sister had to carry her daughter around so the guests can cut a bit of her hair if they wish. And sprinkle some flowers and water on the poor child. This is in hope that she will grow up to become a good person. Like that makes a difference! Pftt… I didn’t have this ceremony when I was born (I wasn’t as loved), but look how I turned out (ahem)

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Pieces of my niece’s hair in a coconut

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During the prayer reading, I had to wear a headscarf as a sign of respect. But when it’s over, the headscarf slowly slipped away and the fun started.

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I love Malay traditions like this. Half of the time I have no idea why we do this and that, but who cares anyway. The important thing is that it’s a time for families to bond with relatives and close friends, and share joyous and happy moments.

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