Warming up after baby baptism is a Romanian custom of Christian inspiration. Traditionally, the day after baptism is made what is popularly called "baby's warmth" or "child's miracle removal" and is actually a bath with spices.
Tradition says that men are not allowed to participate in the baby bath or to stay in the room where the newborn baths. Therefore, the bath is made by the midwife, nose and mother along with relatives, neighbors or friends.
What goes into the water after baptism?
Bathing is a custom practiced in many regions of the country, the differences being mainly due to the names ("scalda", "scaldita", "baba" etc). The bath is usually made with hot water, in a vessel called "balie", "albie", "covata", "cadita".
There are certain regions where the child anoints himself with oil anointed by a church soul and descends before being bathed, and throughout the ceremony, the baptismal candle must be lit. The bath is full of more or less religious meanings. The water that will be used in the baby's bath must be unstoppable, removed at sunrise.
Different spices or objects are placed in the water, each with its role:
- flowers for beauty;
- money for wealth;
- holy water for cleaning;
- egg for health (the egg must remain whole, the baby's mother will put it in the bath water the next day);
- stones for strength and physical endurance;
- seeds (wheat, corn, etc.) for enriched food;
- pair of vita, lime;
- wool for clothing;
- basil for pleasant smell;
- honey to be sweet;
- milk for freshness;
- drop from candle from baptism;
- found horseshoe;
- ring to have curly hair (may be the ring of the baptismal nose);
- apple buds;
- wheat for honesty and honesty;
- dill - be nice as the duck in pieces;
- mint and Romanian for easy and healthy growth;
- poppy flower for a quiet sleep;
- hemp seeds to grow quickly;
- feathers to be as easy as up;
- money and jewelry for luck and fortune.
The nose also puts money under the bathing vessel. After the child has been washed it is said that the water should be thrown before the sun, at the root of a fruit tree if it is a boy, over flowers if it is face or in a clean and safe place or in a running water.
It is a great pity for someone to walk in that water. Throwing it in a safe place it is said that this way the child will be clean all his life. In some parts of the country the ship is turned upside down and a young woman without children is seated on it, whose tradition says she will soon become a mother. The phase where the child was erased should be dried in the mirror.
After the bath the baby should be anointed with holy oil from the church and decanted with basil branch:
- on the eyes "to see good and beautiful things";
- on the ears "to hear only teachings and to listen to them";
- at the mouth "to speak wise words and to know how to respect others";
- on the sleeves "be diligent and knowledgeable";
- on the chest "to be loving and with great soul";
- on the head "to be smart and enlightened";
- on the feet "to take him where he needs to and always bring him home, near his loved ones".
There is also a custom that after the bath the guests and guests to make money in the clothes of the child, to be lucky. The money from the tub is taken by the midwife or can be given to other children.
Traditionally, the children give the baby a towel and soap, because the baby's mother "wash" her nose after the baby's bath. There is still a towel for the one who gives the child, ie the midwife. The noses bring other clothes to the finish and a gift.
After finishing the bath and what else to do, sit at the table, where the guests bring presents to the child (usually clothes).
At the end of the meal the father of the child drives her on the nose at home and gives her a "plocon". Usually a bird, a calf, a lamb, etc. are given.
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