A new birth is usually a time of great celebration, with babies welcomed into the world in all manner of ways. Royal births are not the only ones to be surrounded by ceremony. Customs, rituals and traditions in other cultures - many of which of religious in origin - play an important role before, during and after a birth.
In Yemeni culture, frankincense is used at baby blessings to cleanse, purify and ward off evil spirits.
Shop the Rutil Quartz Egg Pendant
In Chinese folk religion, dyed red eggs symbolising fertility and good luck are given to guests to eat during the baby naming cermony. They are chosen as gifts as they are the symbol of the changing process of life and their round shape is the symbol of a harmonious and happy life. The colour red is a sign of happiness in Chinese culture.
Shop the Diamond Bracelet with Aubergine Rani Quartz
In Cambodia, where Buddhism is the main religion, red string is tied around babies' arms/wrists to prevent their past life mothers from revisiting them.
Shop the Bumble Bee XS Pendant
In Hinduism, a Jatakarma is performed to welcome the child into the family. The Jatakarma is one of the major rituals in Hinduism that celebrates the birth of a child. Honey is put in the child's mouth and the name of God whispered in its ear.