Birth of a child

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The birth of a child in Vietnam is accompanied by several customs. They aim at wishing the child good health, beauty and a successful life.
 
- Attach a wire to the child wrist
Once the baby is born, people will attach a braided string to his wrist that has a very important meaning: it creates the link between body and mind.
It is also an act of recognition of the parents; the thread is the real link between the child and the imagination as expected by parents.
On the day of his birth, the baby is one year old. Life begins at conception in the parent’s mind (the imaginary and the symbolic). This life is declared when there is visible pregnancy (have a big belly).
The tradition is being modernized with bracelets of gold offered, with the child’s name engraved on it.
 
- Draw the beauty of nature

As soon as possible, the mother or the grandmother trace the line of the child eyebrows with the tail of a betel leaf. This is to draw the future beauty and define the good personality of the child.
 
- Massage the baby

People massage the baby by taking each part of his body with the whole hand, she stroked his face to strengthen muscles and bones and caress the skin.
This can also be done in the warm water, often with a shower or a bath.



 

- The discovery of the house

The baby is brought to every room in the house and to greet the altars. His family will also describe the furniture and position of each object to help him recognize every place.


- The ceremonies of the first month and first year

Previously, when women gave birth at home, a first month party is celebrated to report his civil status and no one could visit the baby before his first month.
 
 
The celebration of the first full month, also known as "offerings to Lucina" (Cung MU) is a very important festival in Vietnam. The child's family prepares offerings to the ancestors and share a feast to signal the existence of the baby.
The child receives many gifts, poems, clothes, etc.

The second important event for the child and the family is the anniversary of his first full year, it is also called the feast of "the end of the cradle" (thoi Noi). This event allows the family gathered to thank the ancestors. The child is subject to some tests, for example, ask him to different objects representing perspectives of choice for the future: a mirror, a pen, a book, a tool ... Depending on the choice of the child , family must guide him in that direction.