The theme for RE is term is 'Myself'. The children will be looking at where their names came from, similarities between themselves and others, different religions and baptism.
This week in RE we have thought about ceremonies that different religions have to celebrate the birth of a baby. We discussed how Christians have christenings, Muslims have a birth rite ceremony and Hindus Jatakarma ceremony.
A christening is a Christian blessing which usually involves baptism. And baptismrefers to a ritual where a person (in this case a baby) is initiated into the Church congregation when water is sprinkled or poured over the head of a baby – or, in some cases, when the baby is immersed in water for a second or two.
Muslim birth rite ceremony.
Come to prayer.") are the first words a newborn Muslim baby should hear. They are whispered into the right ear of the child by his or her father. ... After seven days the baby's head is shaved (a tradition also carried out by Hindus). This is to show that the child is the servant of Allah.
Once Hindu baby enters the world, Jatakarma is performed to welcome the child into the family, by putting-some honey in the child's mouth and whispering the name of God in the child's ear.