Parenting Lesson 33 - Religious customs

Topics covered in this lesson-

  1. How to get the ear piercing done?

  2. About circumcision

  3. All about horoscope

  4. Naming a baby with horoscope

  5. What Poojas to be done before and after child is born?

How to get the ear piercing done?

Ear piercings are discreet and very common, which makes them a good choice for your first piercing. If you’re considering getting your ears pierced and have never done it before. One of the biggest worries people have about their first piercing is whether it will hurt. Every piercing comes with some degree of pain. Still, the good news is that ear piercings are some of the least painful ones you can get. Regardless of your sensitivity to pain, you can expect the whole thing to be over very quickly. It will hurt, but only for a moment. Two types of piercing are there Needle and Piercing Gun.

Most piercings can only be done using a needle. Earlobes are the exception. If you’re getting your ears pierced where there is no cartilage, you can get it done with a piercing gun. If you’ve never wandered into a piercing studio, you might only be familiar with the piercing gun. It’s the go-to option for jewellery stores, shops that sell accessories to teenage girls, and shopping mall kiosks. The needles piercers use is sterilized and individually packaged. They’re sharp and hollow, which allows for a quick, clean pierce. The piercer uses the needle to pierce the skin, and they can then insert the jewellery into the piercing. There may be a bit of bleeding, but this is common. The gun, on the other hand, is a reusable device that does not use a needle of any kind to pierce the skin. The biggest problem with using a piercing gun is that it cannot be properly sterilized. Although the stud that is used will be new, some blood may have made its way on the gun from previous piercings, which places you at risk of contracting hepatitis and other conditions spread through the blood.

About circumcision

Circumcision is the surgical removal of the foreskin, the tissue covering the head (glans) of the penis. It is an ancient practice that has its origin in religious rites. Today, many parents have their sons circumcised for religious or other reasons.

Circumcision is usually performed on the first or second day after birth. (Among the Jewish population, circumcision is done on the eighth day.) The procedure becomes more complicated and riskier in older babies, children, and men.

During a circumcision, the foreskin is freed from the head of the penis, and the excess foreskin is clipped off.

The procedure begins with medical staff cleaning then numbing the penis, either with a small shot of medicine or a numbing cream. They’ll put a clamp or ring on the penis, and the doctor removes the foreskin. A topical antibiotic ointment or petroleum jelly will then be put on the area, and it’s wrapped with gauze.

Older boys and men may be given medicine to sleep during the procedure.

When a new-born is circumcised, the procedure takes about 5-10 minutes. Adult circumcision takes about an hour. The circumcision generally heals in 5-7 days. With an infant, you should wash the penis with only soap and water until it heals. Don’t use diaper wipes. Gently apply petroleum jelly to the area every time you change a diaper and loosely rewrap the gauze bandage. Fasten diapers loosely when you change them. The area might look a little red or bruised, and you could see a little yellow fluid in the diaper. Males circumcised as adults or older boys should take things slowly for 2-3 days. Then it’s usually OK for them to go back to school or work. They should drink plenty of water and other clear fluids, especially in the first 24 hours after the procedure. They also should ice the area for up to 2 hours the first day, 10-20 minutes at a time. They’ll need to wear loose, comfortable underwear and keep the dressing over the area until the doctor says to take it off.


A horoscope is an astrological chart or diagram representing the positions of the Sun, Moon, planets, astrological aspects and sensitive angles at the time of an event, such as the moment of a person's birth. The word horoscope is derived from the Greek words ōra and scopos meaning "time" and "observer" (horoskopos, pl. horoskopoi, or "marker(s) of the hour"). Other commonly used names for the horoscope in English include natal chart, astrological chart, astro-chart, celestial map, sky-map, star-chart, cosmogram, vitasphere, radical chart, radix, chart wheel or simply chart. It is used as a method of divination regarding events relating to the point in time it represents, and it forms the basis of the horoscopic traditions of astrology.

In common usage, horoscope often refers to an astrologer's interpretation, usually based on a system of solar Sun sign astrology; based strictly on the position of the Sun at the time of birth, or on the calendar significance of an event, as in Chinese astrology. In particular, many newspapers and magazines carry predictive columns, written in prose that may be written more for increasing readership than tied directly to the Sun or other aspects of the solar system, allegedly based on celestial influences in relation to the zodiacal placement of the Sun on the month of birth, cusp (2 days before or after any particular sign, an overlap), or decant (the month divided into 3 ten-day periods) of the person's month of birth, identifying the individual's Sun sign or "star sign" based on the tropical zodiac.

In Hindu astrology, birth charts are called kuṇḍali which are very significant and are based on movement of stars and moon. Auspicious events and rituals are started after checking the kuṇḍali of a person including the marriage in which the birth charts of the boy and girl are matched.

Naming a baby with horoscope

Our ancient Rishi's have given significant importance to Swar Siddhanta. In Sanatan Dharma sound (swar) is deemed very important with the power of Swar planets and even deities are propitiated. Mantras are based on Sound (Swar) and mantras are one of the most effective energies in the universe. So, naming the baby as per Swar Siddhant will have a significant effect on the child's life. Vedic astrology divides the Zodiac into 27 parts known as constellation or Nakshatra. Each Nakshatra is further divided into four parts known as Pada. Knowing only birth Nakshatra would not give enough information to name the child. One needs Nakshatra as well as Pada to name the child based on the most suitable Swar out of 108 Swar groups. Every Nakshatra has been further divided into four subparts known as Pada. The name of the child depends on the nakshatra and pada the child is born in. So, the Baby names tool will help you find not only the starting alphabet of childs name astrologically but also will recommend suggest 1000 baby girl names and 1000 Baby Boy names. The principle of Swar Siddhanta is that the name of the child should resonate with the energy of the spirit born. Baby name suggestion as per the principles of Swara Sidhhant can give longterm positive results in the growth and development of the child. There are 12 different horoscopes, and these are defined with different dates throughout the year. These 12 horoscopes are:

● Aquarius (January 20 - February 18)

● Pisces (February 19 - March 20)

● Aries (March 21 - April 19

● Taurus (April 20 - May 20)

● Gemini (May 21 - June 20)

● Cancer (June 21 - July 22)

● Leo (July 23 - August 22)

● Virgo (August 23 - September 22

● Libra (September 23 - October 22)

● Scorpio (October 23 - November 21

● Sagittarius (November 22 - December 21)

● Capricorn (December 22 - January 19)

What Poojas to be done before and after child is born?

India is a land of rituals. From birth to death every Indian performs several rituals. In this article on rituals for newborn we will discuss the rituals that are commonly performed for every new born across the country. Each part of India has different rituals for the newborn.

● North India: The birth of a child is a very happy occasion for any family. North Indians have a cradle ceremony for the new baby. This ceremony is usually performed either after eleven days or a month after the baby is born. On this day a priest is called to do puja

After the puja is done the child is placed in a cradle for the very first time. Close family and friends are invited for this occasion and they gift the child. Feast is arranged and parties are thrown. In some families this occasion is also used to name the child. The child is named as per the horoscope.

● South India: In the south India the celebrations are always simple. In this part of the country on the eleventh day after the birth of the child or after two months arrangements are made to name the child. As per the horoscope of the child he or she is named in this ceremony.

In some parts of south India especially Tamil Nadu and Kerala cradle ceremony is also very popular. On the eleventh day after the birth of the child the baby is placed in a cradle for the first time. Family and friends are invited to bless the child on this occasion. Food is prepared and parties are thrown. In the olden days this ceremony was performed in the house itself. Nowadays people book party halls and arrange for a party there.

● East India: Even here the celebration of a new life is quite grand. After the child completes six months arrangements are made for annoprashan. In this ceremony the child has rice for the first time. Before this day rice is not given to the child.

The mama of the baby feeds the baby on this day. Priest is called in and pujas are arranged. The puja is basically done to remember the ancestors and tell them to bless the child. Apart from rice other food items are also offered to the child.

● West India: In West India some rituals are commonly associated with the birth of a baby. Naming ceremony is a common one in this part of the country. It is celebrated either on the tenth or the twelfth day after birth of the baby. Family and friends are invited, and lavish food is prepared.

On this day the horoscope of the child is read out and the name is given as per the position of the planets. Piercing the earlobes is also a common ceremony that is celebrated after the birth of the child. This is usually done only for the girl child and in the sixth or the twelfth month after birth.