The first part of Shyam’s birthday was a scenario I’m used to seeing in front of my camera-
An adorable one-year-old surrounded by presents and covered in colorful icing from tip to toe.
But the second half of this afternoon was a completely new experience for me.
After the cake and gifts everyone gathered around Shyam to celebrate a ritual called Mundan- a Hindu head shaving ceremony.
The priest lead everyone in prayer and chanting, blessings of offerings, and finally the haircut.
First the he cut just a small lock of hair with a tiny ornate scissors wrapping it and tying it in a red cloth,
Then Mom and Dad finished up with a razor.
The whole ceremony was full of love, family, tradition, color, and even a few tears from the little guy (it took a few minutes to get for him to get used to the feel of his new short style). 🙂
I always love photographing this family, and am so happy to have been part of this special day…