An Indian Baby shower is called Godh Bharai in Hindi, which literally translates to ‘filling the lap with abundance’. Every community in India has its own traditions associated with a baby shower. Baby showers in India are usually celebrated in the third trimester either in the seventh or the ninth month of Pregnancy.
Traditionally baby showers were held to announce the impending arrival of the baby to family and friends and was usually a women’s only gathering. It was also a chance for the women in the family to make the mum-to-be feel special and loved. The mum-to-be was gifted a special outfit usually a Saree by her mum which she would wear on the day of the baby shower. Her family and friends would make her floral jewellery as flowers have a deep religious symbolism in the Hindu culture.
Certain communities in Southern and Western India also would have the mum-to-be sit on a swing adorned with floral decorations and gently swing her. The reason was to bring in a wave of happiness to her life. I hail from the state of Maharashtra and have my roots in Goa (both western states of India). In the GSB community a baby shower is called Dohale Jevan.
Are you planning a baby shower for yourself or for a family member? Then you must read the full article ‘ Inside an Indian Baby Shower ‘ that has been published on Kidspot.com.au which Australia’s biggest and best Parenting sites.
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