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Customs or Rites of Passing

The Birth and Baptism

In the past there were a lot more families with a large number of children than nowadays when a family has on average 2-3 children.

The woman found in this blessed condition becomes the centre of attention of all people. Those around her take care of her and nurture her. Locals like to predict the name of the infant. It is said that if the belly of the mother is pointy, she will give birth to a baby boy, whereas if it is round, then she will give birth to a little girl. These predictions, however, don’t always become true.

Currently the actual birth takes place in the hospital. For the following six months, the young family is visited by relatives and friends. In the past, a basket full of cooked food covered by a towel was offered. Nowadays however, clothes for the baby, useful items (diapers, feeding bottles, cakes, cookies, soft drinks) are presented as gifts.

Another important event is the baptism, which typically occurs in a church. Following this ceremony, the child becomes a member of the parish. For the christening celebration, close relatives and friends are invited. In the Baptism Registry can be written several godparents, but the godmother and godfather are the ones in whose arms the child is baptised. Among the obligations of the godparents, there is the ritual of dressing the baby before the baptismal ceremony. The baptism is usual performed up to the age of 1 year. The priest baptises the child and registers him in the Baptism Registry. Once arrived home, there is the custom of saying “I took a pagan and brought a Christian”.

The Baptism is usually held on Saturday. Following the religious ceremony, a party and a gift exchange ritual are thrown.