Well being based on India's holiest river we thought it appropriate to have a blessing and naming ceremony. Conducted by a local Swamy (Holy Man), it took about an hour, we were taken to the Ganges through a forested path that was absolutely filled with yellow butterflies. Then based ourselves in the shade next to the river, while the Swanee brought out sticks, herbs, powered colours and oils and proceeded to build a fire. Thru a translator we were asked to join and while he read Hindi text from the book, every so often we added a mixture of oiled sawdust to the fire and chant a rehearsed word. Red strings were tied around our wrists with a dot applied to our foreheads.
Then we proceeded down to the river side and they girls were dipped in the chilly Ganges, and blessed.
This was such a wonderful thing to do!!!!!!!!!
here are the pics.