Long held traditions
October 11, 2008 9:36pm CST
I posted earlier about the birth of my newest granddaughter yesterday and, as an update, they will be coming home from the hospital tomorrow if all goes well. They plan to stop by here so that we can see Alayna in her traditional coming home from the hospital outfit and take a million more pictures. My future daughter-in-law is Cuban and her grandmother gave her a beautiful, hand sewn pink outfit with very intricate lace and ribbons. It also has a little pin attached that is supposed to protect the baby I believe. This got me thinking about traditions. I had a good friend when I worked at the college who refused to tell anyone the name of his newborn son, informing us that we would learn his name if we attended the baby naming ceremony at his home when the boy was six months old. Another employee was bound by tradition to name his first born son after his wife's father or grandfather...I'm not sure which it was now. Being a combination of Irish, English and German my family has no old traditions that we follow but I'm wondering if anyone else does and what they are? They don't have to be specifically about babies.
12 Oct 08
Yes, there are many traditions of which we even haven't heard of. In some places there is the custom of naming grand parents name to newborn. Other than newborn, a tradition I know is not to tell the age on the birthday. Then touch wood and crossed fingers are world famous. One Asian tradition is the exchange of white handkerchief showing friendship. A red means I'm not your friend anymore!