Ceremonial hair cut in Kataragama -Ariya

 

 

Took grand daughter Ariana for her maiden hair cut
Traditionally done in Kataragama on hallowed ground
Viscinity of the blessed Menik river on a chosen plot
We gathered while grand mother performned the act

While we were there for good measure
Ariya Joined a local ‘Kavadi dance, party
The beat of the drum was trendy
Even though my joints were creaky

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Ariya

6 thoughts on “Ceremonial hair cut in Kataragama -Ariya

  1. Thank you Ariya for the lovely post on the First Hair Cut at Kataragama .

    I am glad that you were able to do this in the Old Tradition-
    Your family is very fortunate to be a part of this , at a time, when Old Traditions are getting eroded with 21 Century Civilization !

    I do recall- the First Hair Cut of my own daughter back in 1971 in Srilanka- and my mother ( a real Colomba Nona ! ) was just mad that I cut off that lovely hair off the head of her first grandchild .
    This was a real Kodak Moment- and I still have those pics of my daughter- with my mom carrying her, after the hair cut !!

    But, the other grandmother from Maligatenna, Kadugannawa was very happy about it .
    I bet, she did it the Old Way for all of her 12 children born and raised in Kadugannawa .
    Just goes to show how different people view things differently, even in the same country as far back as almost 50 yrs ago.

    Now, my daughter is 47 yrs old- and still has a very lovely head raven black hair , same for her own grown three children .

    By the way- it just crossed my mind- I must be the ONLY girl in the Class of 64 that still has long hair??? ( though white as a snowy owl !!!) .
    At least , I did not notice any one else, at the RU- 2014- Beruwala.– remains to be corrected !!

    eagleD

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  2. As Deepthie said, in the same country, different people do differently. Hindus used to shave the head when the baby is 31 days old (usually done by a barber – a ceremony) – very few follow this now! My in-laws (Brahmins) shave the head when the baby is 1 year old. That’s what happened to one of my grand daughter. The others were not shaved at all. – 21st century style !!

    Unlike me, there are so many batch mates with heaps of hair. I am bald because I forgot to use fertilizers. The best fertilizer is Cow Dung. Did you use that or chicken manure? ( no offence}
    Seelan

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  3. Lovely pics Ariya. I shaved my daughter’s head hair in Nine months because she lacked hair. My son in law shaved my grand daughter’s head hair in six months. No tradition.
    Narme

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