In Armenia, when a baby gets its first tooth, a ceremony called the Agra Hadig is performed to predict which profession they will go into – and to grant them luck and good fortune. I love traditions, customs, rites of passages, and milestones of all kinds so I couldn’t wait to learn more about this one. I took to google to provide myself with some information so I wouldn’t be unprepared on the day of the ceremony!
What happens is this: if the ceremony is in the afternoon, only women can come and only sweets are served. If it’s in the evening, men and women can come and a traditional Armenian dinner is served. Sophia’s was in the afternoon so it was all ladies present. The baby is sat on the floor with a veil over her head and surrounding her are little trinkets. These include a small Armenian bible (to symbolize scholarly or religious pursuits), a knife (to symbolize a doctor), a musical instrument (symbolizing an affinity for music), scissors (a tailor or a seamstress), a paintbrush (artistic), a pencil (writer or teacher), money (banker/financial) and a ballet shoe (included by Ani just in case Sophia is going to be a ballerina.) Whichever object the baby picks up will be indicative of their future. Also, while the selection process is happening, a woman (in this case Sophia’s grandmother) will pour a mix of cooked lentils, bulgur, and candies over the baby’s head. Then everyone eats a little of the wheat mixture and good fortune is granted!
It is very rare that I make all the photos black and white but in this case it seemed appropriate.
Also, Sophia chose the drum almost immediately – taking after Ani who is a very talented piano player!
(Check out the Star Wars Agra Hadig here!)