what is the significance of bor nahan?

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  1. starshine

    starshine New IL'ite

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    Hi IL's,

    Could anybody please explain the significance of the bor nahan ritual for the child in maharashtra?

    Thank you
     
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    meVaidehi Platinum IL'ite

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    It literally means bathing the child with berries.
    Its a ritual celebrated during Makar Sankrant in January for children upto 5 years. Many people continue it for 5 years. Just like birthday celebrations other kids are invited, the child is dressed like Bal (little) Krishna sometimes with the jewellery made with sweets. The child sits on a Chaurang in the middle and Aukshan is done followed by the ladies and other kids pouring berries (traditionally called Bor or Raibor in Marathi) over him/her.
    I'm not very sure about the exact significance but its for well being and happy life of the kid.

    Hope this helps
    Vaidehi
     
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    croco New IL'ite

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    Starshine, did you get to know the significance of Bor-nahan.
    Actually, it is fun for small kids upto 5 yrs. with sweets, and seasonal fruits.
     

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