Is it a stew? Is it a drink? Is it a joke?

Ok, so you need some basil, wheat, dill, mint, chamomile, poppy heads, cannabis seeds, feathers, a bit of holly water, sweet milk, a whole egg and some cash.

Is it a stew? Is it a drink? Is it a joke?

No, it’s only the traditional Romanian first bath for  newborns. Basil will help the babies grow attractive, wheat will make them honest, dill will make them pleasant and enjoyable just like dill makes food pleasant and enjoyable (well, if you like dill), mint, chamomile and eggs will make them healthy, poppy heads will make them sleep tight, cannabis seeds will make them grow up fast, feathers will make them easy?? (easy-going, I hope), holly water will make them pure and money will make them rich, obviously.

All the ingredients go in the water in which the baby is bathed. The greatest challenge is not to break the egg because you need the same egg for the second bath. After the bath is done, you remove the money and the egg and you put the water at the bottom of an apple tree or of a pear tree, so that the baby grows tall and handsome like that tree. Then the basin is turned upside down and all the ladies must dance around it three times. After that, the lady that gave the bath must jump over the basin while the women that would like to be with child must make a wish accordingly.

Finally, the baby is given to the godmother, who needs to give the baby more cash, according to the tradition, while the mother gets a glass of alcohol, also according to the tradition.

P.S. Men are not allowed at the first bath. Not that any of them ever complained.

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20 thoughts on “Is it a stew? Is it a drink? Is it a joke?

  1. 1EarthUnited says:

    Hi Lavinia! I like my baby omelets over-easy, how delish! The symbolism is divine, and a great tradition to bond with the baby… and get away from the men for a day, haha. Love your sense of humor always, have a great day. 😀 ♥

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    1. Lavinia says:

      We drink alcohol when we are happy, when we are sad, when we are tired, when we go to funerals or weddings. Pretty much everything is a reason to drink alcohol:)) I am glad you liked it. Thanks for stopping by. Big hug!

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    1. Lavinia says:

      Cannabis is always good, hahahaha. I will bring up some of the Romanian traditions every now and then, since most of my readers are foreigners. I think they might find it interesting.

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  2. Doggy's Style says:

    Alcohol’s gotta be a essential part of this in case you forget one of the ingredients.
    I think it’s interesting that the mother is given booze right after giving birth, honestly, if she didn’t get morphine she needs all the booze available.
    Do baby get baths right after birth? I don’t know the answer to that one, if not, ewwwww

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  3. arakelian says:

    I already heard about these pre-Christian traditions. Funny for me is that are people that connected these to religion – there is nothing relation, just an oposition.

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