child is named on the day of birth. The baby normally stays
in the room in which it is born for the first six days. Customarily
the birth would take place in the ansestral home of the mother.
The mother's house name becomes the child's surname.
Little girl from Lakshadweep
- "kuda dhiye"
the seventh day after birth the baby would make its first
visit to the father's ancestral home where jewellery would
20 days the baby's head is shaven and the hair is weighed
against something of value (traditionally gold or silver)
which would be given to the poor. This ceremony is called
of boys is followed by much celebration. Dancing and drumming
in the evening forms part of the entertainment. The festivities
usually continue for about a week.