“The Eve of the Sixth”

“The Eve of the Sixth” is the first celebration for a newborn, male or female, in the Babylonian tradition. It takes place on the evening of the newborn’s fifth day (relates to Hamsa : to ward off evil spirits). The mother and child both have a Hamsa pin attached to their clothing. A paste is made with baby powder and water, and each is dabbed on the forehead with it. The naming of the baby takes place at this time. each of the guests, usually close family, is given a “good bag” containing nuts, candy, and a lot of popcorn. The white always connotes good luck.

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