A new baby is always considered a blessing regardless of culture or race. Its birth is an exciting time that calls for a celebration. Baby showers in different cultures vary in terms of traditions and rituals. Baby showers can be held with unique sets of rules, etiquette, and loads of fun from different parts of the globe.
Although the baby shower idea is thought to originate from the United States, records of older cultures show that baby showers were held in the past centuries. These are how different cultures celebrate baby showers to welcome babies in their societies.
Latin America: Latino baby showers are not events just for the ladies. Latino men and children are as expected in baby showers. Expect dancing and vivid entertainment, including games, to last for several hours. Family and friends hug, touch and kiss the mum’s belly as a good luck gesture. Plenty of dishes and snack items are served to keep the party rolling.
China: Baby showers in the Chinese culture are held after the baby is born because gift-giving is considered unlucky before birth. A dinner banquet takes place either on the first or second full moon following the baby’s birth. Traditional red envelopes are given by family and friends to pass on good luck to the happy parents and their new baby.
India: To celebrate the coming of a baby, Indian baby showers are held in the 7th month of pregnancy. Called Godh Bharai, the event is a gathering attended exclusively by women. The guests sing, dance, and anoint the pregnant mother dressed in flower-covered saree for the occasion. As a guest of honor, the mother-to-be is pampered with attention and gifts, and entertained with pranks.
Egypt: Like the Chinese, Egyptian baby showers take place seven days after the baby’s birth, or even later depending on the parents’ preference. During the celebration, the baby receives gifts along with their name.
France: French baby showers are withheld until later to coincide with the baby’s first birthday. The guest list includes all the closest friends.
Ireland and Russia: Celebrating before birth is considered a bad omen in Ireland and Russia. Hence, it is common for people here not to buy gifts for the baby to avoid jinxing the pregnancy.
Japan: Japanese waits for the mother to be well rested at home before she is presented with dog theme gifts considered as symbol of good luck for safe childbirth.
Regardless of cultural differences, the coming of a new life is a celebratory event that brings family and friends together. Since baby showers in different cultures are influenced by cultures and traditions, it is thoughtful to find out the future parents’ beliefs.