This weekend was a monumental one for our family. E's mom, dad, and baby sis, Addie were visiting for Indio's first American Thanksgiving and to join us in celebrating Indio's Mundan, or his first haircut. Close friends and family honoured us by attending this auspicious occasion.
The Mundan ceremony is a Hindu rite, or saṃskāra, in which a child receives his first haircut, typically during the first or third year of age. After a brief prayer/blessing by a Hindu pandit, the child’s hair is shorn.
In tradition, the hair from birth is associated with undesirable traits from past lives. Thus at the time of the mundan, the child is freshly shaven to signify freedom from the past and moving into the future.
E performed the shaving and surprisingly, Indio was a great sport about it all. I think I was more emotional than him! It was such a happy occasion, but also a sad one because it marked that time is passing so quickly. I am grateful I had the love and support of so many this week!