Naming ceremonies are becoming increasingly popular. They are a great ceremony to introduce children to family and friends, and although predominantly these ceremonies are completed in honour of newborns there are no age restrictions on naming ceremonies. A naming ceremony is quiet similar to a christening or baptism but without the religious aspects. There is also no legal paperwork to completed in order for a naming ceremony to take place.
Where can we hold a naming ceremony?
Naming ceremonies can be held anywhere where you wish, it can be a park, garden, home, hotel function centre the list is endless.
Like all functions there are a lot of things to consider such as who you are inviting, the ease to get to the venue for those with disabilities or the elderly and the time of year you are looking at holding the ceremony. As always it is advised that if you are planning an outdoor ceremony that you always have a extreme weather plan in mind as you can never predict the weather.
When should we hold a naming ceremony?
It is completely your choice when you would like to hold a naming ceremony for your child. There are no age restrictions at all. You can choose to also have multiple naming ceremonies at the same time, it is an amazing idea especially for siblings.
Predominantly a naming ceremony takes place between the ages of 0 – 2 as it is seen as the first big introduction of your little one to family and friends.
What is included in a Naming Ceremony?
The outline of a naming ceremony is outlined below. It is important to realise however that this is fluid, there are no legal components to this ceremony so it is complete open to being customised to suit your families wishes.
A typical Naming Ceremony follows the below structure.
During this time it is explained what a naming ceremony is and an introduction to whose naming ceremony is taking place to day
- A reading or a poem that is meaningful to the family
This could be religious if you with it to be or it may be a song or poem that was read to one of the parents when they were children
- Formally naming the child
This is done in a way that is significant to the family, this may be presenting of a jersey of the family sport team, lighting of candles. During this time the importance and meaning of the child’s name is also revealed
- Story of the family and the child’s life so far
Introducing parents, and siblings if any, making a promise to care for the child
- Speeches from parents
Parents will speak if they choose to, this is usually an extension of the promise to care for an nurture the child.
- Introducing Grandparents
Promise to fulfil the duties of grandparents, in some cases there is the presenting of a gift or memento as part of being a grandparent
- Introducing Godparents/supporting adults/mentors/ guide parents
Promise to fulfil the duties of grandparents, in some cases there is the presenting of a gift or memento as part of being a godparent/supporting adults/mentors/ guide parents
Dreams for the child for the future, thank you to all the guests for the love and support.
Other Ideas to Include In a Ceremony:
There are a range of different things you can do in order to make your child’s naming ceremony as special as it should be. Some of these include
– A release of birds of butterflies
– A balloon release
– A tree planting that can grow with the child
– Moulds made of the child’s hand and feet
Your little one is something beautiful to should be celebrated and should be celebrated in a way that is unique to your family, your lifestyle, your wishes and dreams. There are no hard and fast rules and no legal requirements that must be met, the sky is the limit!