Usually, when an Indian woman is seven or eight months pregnant, the female kith and kin assemble to celebrate the bliss and joy of being a mother and motherhood itself. The tradition of blessing the mother-to-be is known as Godh Bharai. With so many women gathered to wish the expectant mother and her yet to be born baby, the moment and the ambiance are always spirited and glorified one. Traditionally, men were not allowed to attend the ceremony. However, since these are the modern times, women allow immediate male family members to be present at the celebrations to wish the mother-to-be. Godh bharai gifts are given to the expectant mother for her to use and not for the baby. This is why traditional gifts include a balanced combination of fruits, jewelry and clothes.
Since this is a religious ceremony, an auspicious date is set by the Hindu priest for the occasion. The prayer rituals may or may not be involved in Godh Bharai however, the ceremony witnesses the expectant mother involved in various traditional activities. She is adorned with brand new clothes, jewelry and flowers and is bestowed with gifts for godh bharai, which she receives in her lap (Godh). Teasing, fun, and games go alongside with the singing and dancing that follows after the religious ceremony is over. Women take turns to guess the gender of the baby by measuring the size of the mom-to-be's belly. Those who follow the traditional rules of the ritual seriously prefer to receive ‘Mom-Only’ Godh bharai gifts, such as bangles, clothes or cash on the occasion but no baby gifts.
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