The Annaprashan ceremony is usually performed by a priest or a purohit. The ceremony begins with a puja, where the baby is blessed with prayers and holy water. The baby is then placed on the lap of their father or an elder male member of the family, who feeds them the first morsel of solid food. This is followed by other family members and guests feeding the baby.
In Bengali culture, the Annaprashan ceremony is considered to be an auspicious occasion, and the date for the ceremony is chosen carefully. The date is typically chosen based on the baby’s horoscope and the Bengali calendar.
The Bengali calendar, also known as the Bangla calendar, is a traditional calendar used in Bangladesh and the Indian states of West Bengal, Tripura, and Assam. The calendar is based on the solar and lunar cycles and is used to determine important festivals and events.
To find the Annaprashan date, the family consults with a purohit or an astrologer who uses the baby’s horoscope and the Bengali calendar to determine the most auspicious date and time for the ceremony. The ceremony is usually held on an auspicious day, such as a full moon day, a new moon day, or a day that is considered to be lucky according to the Bengali calendar.
In the Bengali calendar, the months are named after seasons, festivals, and agricultural activities. The Annaprashan ceremony is usually held during the months of Baishakh (April-May) or Jaistha (May-June), which is the time when rice is harvested in Bengal.
The Annaprashan ceremony is an important event in Bengali culture, and the date for the ceremony is chosen based on the baby’s horoscope and the Bengali calendar. The ceremony is typically held during the months of Baishakh or Jaistha, and it is a time for family and friends to come together and celebrate the baby’s first taste of solid food.