Religious people often have ceremonies to mark changes in their life. Hindu rites of passage cover a person’s birth to their death through various traditions and customs.
What are rites of passage?
Special prayers said when people make a journey
Points and/or ceremonies that mark a change from one stage of life to another
Rules about where people are allowed in religious buildings
How do some Hindu parents welcome their baby to the world?
They write the sacred letter Aum on the baby's tongue with honey
They write a letter to the baby for when s/he grows up
They don't do anything special to welcome a new baby except love the baby
How do some Hindu parents decide which letter the baby's name begins with?
By using the first letter of the name of their favourite god or goddess
By the baby's astrological sign
By placing letters from the alphabet in a special pot and picking one out
What point in life does the Sacred Thread ceremony mark?
A person confirming they are ready to take on religious responsibilty
A person confirming they believe in God
A person confirming they are ready to take on legal responsibilty
How do some Hindu boys in particular prepare for the Sacred Thread ceremony?
They start shaving
They learn to cook
They shave their heads
What three things do the three strands that make up a sacred thread remind the wearer to keep pure?
Home, school and work
Thoughts, words and actions
Food, drink and actions
Which ashrama (life stage) do many Hindus believe marriage to be?
Student stage (first)
Householder stage (second)
Sannyasin stage (fourth)
What is the word for the canopy within which many Hindus get married?
What do many Hindu couples walk around during the wedding ceremony?
A sacred fire
The chairs they sit on
An image of their favourite deity