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Baby Showers

My sister and mom arranged a baby shower for me last Saturday. I was apprehensive at first because I find it unnecessary. I feel that I have to focus on other pregnancy matters than socializing. (Yes, my husband describes me as anti-social.) But it would be difficult to put aside their thoughtfulness so, I just agreed. It’s a double celebration anyway- my 29th birthday and baby shower.

It would be judgmental to call baby showers as mere socializing without understanding its origin. So, I tried having a more in-depth look at it.

A baby shower is practiced in different ways by different cultures. In modern times, it is meant to be a showering of gifts for the expectant mother but in ancient times, it was regarded as a ritualistic initiation to motherhood. In Ancient Egypt and Ancient Greece, celebrations were held after childbirth. It involved visiting temples/shrines and followed a strict ceremony. For Ancient Greece, they had different rituals to mark the integration of mother and infant into society such as Amphidromia (Running Round) and Dekate (Tenth Day).

Through the years, baby showers have evolved into tea parties with abundant food and generous gift giving.

There shouldn’t be any strict rules to follow on how baby showers should be conducted. What’s important is that it should be a day of giving and sharing of motherly wisdom to the soon-to-be-mom.


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Ruby3881 wrote on August 11, 2014, 2:02 AM

I'd never looked into the history of baby showers. This was a really interesting read. Thank you!