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Inspired Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-24-09 12:51 PM
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I have been invited to a First Rice Feeding ceremony.
My neighbors are from Nepal and they will be having a First Rice Feeding ceremony for their 6 month old son. They are going to invite us and few other neighbors. It will be held in a Hindu temple in our area that I didn't even know existed. I'm looking forward to going and learning more about my neighbors culture. Their parents are traveling from Nepal to attend so it should be very interesting and educational.

I don't know anything about this ceremony except that it is considered the baby's first introduction to solid foods. Has anyone ever attended one? Do you give gifts and if so, what is appropriate?

Thanks in advance for your help!
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sazemisery Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-24-09 12:54 PM
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1. Here is a link.
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Inspired Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-24-09 12:56 PM
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3. Thanks n/t
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Kerrytravelers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-24-09 12:55 PM
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2. Wow. I've never heard of this ceremony before. I can't wait to read the responses.
On a completely unrelated note, there is a restaurant called the Tibet Napal House in town and the owner leads expeditions in the mountains of Nepal every year or so. He takes the most beautiful pictures that he then displays at the restaurant. Whenever we go, we ask him to tell us another mountain climbing adventure story. Nepal is just beautiful. And their dishes? Beyond excellent! I love their tea!
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Inspired Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-24-09 01:00 PM
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6. My neighbors want us to go to Nepal with them in 2011.
They invited my husband to go and climb to base camp at Mt. Everest for his 50th birthday. I told them that we should all go and that I would stay with his wife in Katmandu while they were gone. I'd love to visit Everest but I know enough to realize that I am in no physical shape to even consider climbing it.

I don't know if this trip will ever actually happen but it is fun talking about it!
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Shanti Mama Donating Member (625 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-25-09 04:36 AM
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22. Base Camp is not climbing Everest. Go for it!
If you're in reasonable shape then you can do it. Just get your legs in good shape. Go for it. Kathmandu is incredible, full of life and color and the culture of the every day Nepal. But it's also congested and polluted and more and more like a busy city every day.

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Inspired Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-25-09 11:08 AM
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23. True but I don't think I'm in reasonable shape!
I went to see U2 in Chicago at Soldier Field last month. Our seats were at the top of the highest section. I thought I was going to die walking up those stairs! Really. It was awful and I felt so out of shape because of it.

However, 2011 is a ways off so maybe I should start doing something about it!
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Shanti Mama Donating Member (625 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-25-09 05:39 PM
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25. If you can, go for it. You will NOT regret it.
First of all, you'll feel much better in general. And, you'll have a life-changing experience.
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hedgehog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-24-09 12:57 PM
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4. So one of the oldest cultural traditions in the world doesn't feed solids to children
until the age of six months.
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Warpy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-24-09 02:14 PM
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10. Any culture that tries is asking for trouble down the line
I don't know why the west always feels they have to rush their kids through infancy and childhood. It's hilarious reading the account of my mother's futile attempt to toilet train me at the age of three months.
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barbtries Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-24-09 04:02 PM
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19. either did i
but only with my youngest. the rest, i think the doctor had them on solids at 1-4 months. the more time went on the more convinced i was that straight breast milk was the best i could do for my little ones.
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Solly Mack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-24-09 01:00 PM
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5. A toddler/baby fork and spoon set?..s special one..silver..something ornate
Seems apropos.

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Inspired Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-24-09 01:02 PM
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7. That is a great idea. n/t
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Solly Mack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-24-09 01:33 PM
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9. Let us know about the ceremony - it sounds very interesting!
I love learning about different traditions!

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sandnsea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-24-09 01:30 PM
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8. I put First Rice in Google, my goodness!!!
This is a great tradition, I love it! And yes you bring a gift, something the baby would enjoy, it seems like from what I've read.

Here's an article about a First Rice of a king's child.

http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0WDQ/is_2003_Jan...
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Inspired Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-24-09 03:45 PM
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17. I'm looking forward to going.
I love learning about different cultures and having a next door neighbor from Nepal is cool. We watched their house when they went back for a visit and they brought back very lavish gifts for us. It was unexpected and totally unnecessary but it was also kind of nice. They are great neighbors and my life is better for knowing them.
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Bluerthanblue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-24-09 02:25 PM
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11. why would anyone unrec this? I'd never heard of the ceremony
before, and I'm happy you posted this and enlightened me.

What an honor, hope you all have a wonderful time!

k&r

:hi:
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La Lioness Priyanka Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-24-09 02:33 PM
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14. meh, you probably dont want to know.
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Inspired Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-24-09 03:40 PM
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15. Someone did? How funny!
I only wanted advice anyway. I don't take unrecs personally.
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JBoy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-24-09 02:28 PM
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12. Sounds like a unique opportunity! Have fun!
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La Lioness Priyanka Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-24-09 02:30 PM
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13. yes, you do give a gift. its sort of a big deal. buy something for the kid
Edited on Sat Oct-24-09 02:32 PM by La Lioness Priyanka
think of it as a birthday gift

in india/south asia traditionally if you are close to the family, you buy a piece of jewelry, naturally thats not expected here. ofcourse if you can afford it something in silver or gold is always nice but again not necessary

my first rice pics are adorable, someday i should scan them in
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Inspired Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-24-09 03:42 PM
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16. Thanks. I think I might try to find a really nice book.
Something in silver or gold would be nice but a book seems more appropriate for a neighbor's child. I'd love to see your pictures someday.
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DesertRat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-24-09 04:04 PM
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20. I think that a book is a wonderful idea
As an early childhood teacher, a book is always my first suggestion for a gift.

What an interesting cultural experience it will be! It sounds like you are privileged to have them as neighbors.
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La Lioness Priyanka Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-24-09 05:32 PM
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21. a book is wonderful.
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barbtries Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-24-09 04:00 PM
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18. i've never heard of it
but wouldn't be surprised to learn that it is somewhat like a bris for a jewish family, a christening for a catholic family, etc. i'd google it but my gut says yes, bring a gift for the baby.
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Cessna Invesco Palin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-25-09 11:10 AM
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24. Followed shortly by first rice being thrown onto floor, and first rice smeared in hair.
Toddlers are so wonderful. :-D
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