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Annapraashan (First Feeding)

When a child of six months old, the Annapraashan ceremony is held. As the child is able to digest food he is given cooked rice, curd, ghee and honey as his first meal. In some families, the child is given kheer i.e., rice cooked with milk and sugar. The child is fed by his mother while Vedic hymns are recited and oblations of ghee poured into fire. Yagna is performed on this occasion and sweets are distributed to friends and relatives. The locality gather to sing ceremonial songs and the family members worship the family deity.