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A baby shower is a very special occasion for a would-be mother. It is a ceremony that all girls dream of, that will take place someday in their life. The lovely and cute decorations, gifts, food, cake, and above all the blessings of everyone make the occasion a wonderful celebration.
My baby shower was such a lifetime event for me. We call it “Aganni Sakan” wherein we invite all the women to come over and attend the “Majlis” which are the recitation of our religious prayers and hymns where we remember and praise our Almighty and thank him for this wonderful blessing of motherhood. We remember our Martyr Imam Hussain, Mother Fatema and our beloved Syedena (our community leader and head). This recitation of prayers lasts for about 40 minutes. I was dressed in our traditional dress called a “Jodi” like a lehenga-style attire and was seated beside the women reciting the hymns. My entire family, friends and well-wishers were invited to grace the occasion. We had decorated the banquet hall based on a pink and blue theme. A parachute was made out of cotton candy and the entire hall was full of pink and blue balloons. Actually it was planned accordingly, to matching my dress. I had worn a pink and blue dress. The decor was really beautiful! After the recitation of prayers, all the women sit for dinner in a traditional way, called a “Thal“. In a thal around nine women sit together in a circle and eat food together. This is a special way of sitting during baby shower termed as “Mithi Shitabi“. Dinner was then served with a variety of delicacies, the main food being Jaggery and Roti as a part of the tradition. After dinner, the women are served paan. They apply Kajal and Attar (perfume) and Mehendi too! Gifts are given to everyone in the thal after dinner! Women pray for the well-being of the mother and child and bless the baby in the end. This is how the entire baby shower takes place.
I was the centre of attraction that day and was overwhelmed by the love and blessings I received. Lots of photo sessions took place, I literally cried, tears of joy rolling down as I felt so blessed and grateful to Almighty and my family for making my day so special. I had attended a number of baby shower ceremonies from so many years, and was waiting for my day to come! After a long wait, I got the best gift of my life – my baby.
This joyous day was made a lifetime memory for me to cherish with the efforts of my husband without whom, my life would be incomplete. He made all the possible efforts to make it the best day of my life! I dedicate this blog to him! I love you hubby! I know you will be a wonderful father too, as you are a wonderful human being!
Hey mommies! Share your memories too, in the comments section. Would love to hear out and learn about different traditions! See you on the other side soon!
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