Baby’s Hair Removing Ceremony in Bunt Community

The ceremony which celebrates the child coming of age is observed by removing the hair. First hair removing ceremony for the baby boys is called chavala (or chowla). This is either performed at home or in a temple. This ceremony is generally performed only for the first son. On an auspicious day, the barber after symbolically obtaining permission from the elders of the family removes hair of the child. Later the child is given bath and brought inside the house. The goldsmith will bring a pair of ear rings and pierce the ear lobes while the boy is sitting on his father’s lap. The child then wears new clothes and celebrates his coming of age with friends and relatives.

For girls, the first hair cut and ear piercing events are not celebrated as grand as for the boys. On the fifth day of the first period, the passage of a girl to womanhood is celebrated. This is called kara pattavune. Only women participate in this ceremony. The kelesi comes and does the manicure and pedicure for the new woman. A mane (stool) is placed close to the tulasi katte. A clean chembu filled with water is placed near the seat. One of the women brings the girl and seats her on the mane. The women pour water on the head, shoulders and the knees of the girl. After the bath, the girl gets dressed in jari saree and jewels. This is followed by the girl ceremonially cooking rice in a kara (rice pot). This is called kara pattavune.Then, the women give gifts to the girl and bless her. It is customary for the girl not to stay in the house where the ceremony was performed for the night.

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