The baby is dressed in new often traditional clothing such as a baby dhoti kurta or a lehenga choli.
Traditionally the mother or grandmother prepare a small bowl of boiled rice milk and sugar mixture Rice pudding which is then blessed. The child is held in the mother lap while a senior male family member such as a grandfather or uncle feeds them a small portion of the rice. Other members of the extended family and guests will then take turns giving the child a taste.The feeding ceremony is often followed with a game that involves placing a tray containing a number of symbolic objects in front of the child.The child future direction is predicted by the object the child prefers to hold and play with. A bangle or jewel indicates wealth a book learning a pen wisdom.It is an exciting time for everyone but here are a few tips to make sure that the baby is happy too.Make sure the baby is well rested before the ceremonyIf possible hold the ceremony just after the morning bath or before the mid morning napLimit the gathering to just a few close family members and friends so that the baby is not overwhelmedMake sure that the material embellishments or embroidery on the babys ceremonial clothes wont irritate the baby skinAllow only a few close relatives to feed the baby and not each and every member of the ceremonial partyAs one of the major Hindu rituals in India the First Rice Ceremony is the baby official welcome into society.