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Celebrating first birthday in a South Indian temple
In South India, a child's first birthday is celebrated in a temple. The child is dressed in the traditional South Indian attire for men, a silk sarong (aka veshti) and a silk shirt. The child's head is shaved and the ears are pierced. The family walks around the main altar with the child. A donation of gold, silver, milk or ghee equal to the weight of the child is made to the temple.
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||July 17, 2016, 2:41 p.m.