Example Naming ceremony
A Multicultural Celebration and naming day
Sam’s parents wanted to celebrate the birth of their new son. He was gorgeous after all! And they wanted the world to know.
Given their multicultural backgrounds – Dad is from Greece, Mum is from Indonesia – they wished to draw not on just one culture, but hint at a few different cultures, including the Australian outdoors lifestyle.
They wanted a fun day for family, friends and their new neighbours. It was important to introduce Sam to families in the street. He will play with these children one day.
According to Indonesian tradition, a baby’s feet don’t touch the ground until 7 months of age. According to Greek tradition, a baby is passed from Aunt to Uncle to Grandma and back, and kissed a lot!
In both cultures the birth of new children is a very important occasion, to be celebrated with food, especially goat meat.
Sam’s parents wanted to honour both cultures without excluding either, so needed a ceremony reminiscent of both, but not exactly one or the other. And neither wanted to celebrate this in a church.
I assisted them to design their own.