Usually carried out when the child is six to eight months old. Exact date can be determined after consulting a priest.
The Annaprashana (Sanskrit: अन्नप्राशन, Annaprāśana, Bengali: অন্নপ্রাশন, Onnoprashon) also known as annaprashana vidhi, annaprasan or Anna-prasanam, is a Hindu rite of passage ritual (Saṃskāra) that marks an infant's first intake of food other than milk.
The term annaprashan literally means "food feeding" or "eating of food".
Process / Procedure
The baby is dressed in new clothes, often traditional ones such as a dhoti kurta or a lehenga choli.
Annaprashan begins with a puja or a havan for your baby's health and happiness, followed by the symbolic feeding of the prasad or the first bite of solid food. It is an occasion for celebration, and family and friends are invited to attend.
The religious ceremony is often followed by a fun game where a number of symbolic objects are placed on a banana leaf or silver tray which your baby can then pick up. The objects include:
books symbolising learning
jewels symbolising wealth
a pen symbolising wisdom
clay symbolising property
food items symbolising a love for food
Family and friends have a great time cheering the little one while he makes his choice. It is believed that the object your baby picks up from the tray represents his area of interest in future.
2-3 Hours (Includes time for both preparation for Puja and actual Puja.)