Indian naming ceremonies can be big and elaborate with hawans and poojas… Since we are in India this time, I was tempted to have a hawan at home too. Not that I’m into these things much, but it seemed like a nice thing to do.. Till I spoke to the priest that is! I had planned to tell him to keep it real short and sweet. For this happy occasion and what not – suggested 3 days of ceremony, if not then at least a whole day of several rituals. That was pretty much the end of that idea.
So, like last time – we laid out a little setup in the hall. With all the family gathered, we sang a few bhajans, ate sweets and enjoyed watching Myra and her lovely, crazy antics. She got ready to go to school basically and ran around the house carrying her bag. And when we sang bhajans, she curiously closed her eyes and swayed to the music, she’s such a doll!!
And softly, Vivek whispered her name to her.
We name you Avika – little one. Beautiful like a rose and strong like earth. You are the rays from the sun. You are our rays from the sun.