Annaprashanam has its origin in the Vedic period. This ceremony is celebrated between six to nine months as the new born child gets ready to move to solid food Some of important rites of this sacred ritual are :
- offering is made to the gods and goddesses for the health, success and longevity of the child dressed in beautiful new traditional clothes is seated on the lap of their maternal uncle who feeds the first bite of the solid meal.
- oil lamps are lit along with incense sticks
- the other members of the family feed the child a spoonful of the food, which is usually served in
a silver plate and spoon
Across the Hindu community this is scared and one of the most important ceremony/ritual, which is the phase when the newborn starts to consume solid food. This is one festival which is celebrated with lot of celebration and fervour within the families and friends within all communities. Amongst the Bengali community this is known as “mukhe bhaat”, the Malayali community calls it as Chorunaal, in Gharwal this ritual is Bhaatkhulai.