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Traditions and customs in cutting the word and breaking the cake

Traditions and customs in cutting the word and breaking the cake

Still a little and your child will turn 1 year old. Yes, it's been 1 year since this wonderful being fills your soul with joy with every smile, gag or gesture. As tradition requires, the 1-year party should be celebrated by cutting the motto (in the case of boys) or breaking the cake (in girls).

The cutting of the word and the breaking of the cake are habits related to the integration in the society and the strengthening of the family ties, met both in us and in other cultures. These rituals date back to the pre-Christian era and are devoid of any religious significance.

The cutting of the word and the breaking of the cake is usually celebrated after the child turns 1 year. Parents invite the child's nose home, make gifts and spend around the table filled with chosen dishes.

The cutting of the word is celebrated only on certain days

It is not known exactly when this custom dates to Romanians. Traditionalists claim that these old practices were inherited from the Geto-Dacians. Nowadays, the ceremony is practiced especially in Oltenia, Muntenia and Moldova.

In Bucovina, the cutting of the word can be done on the day when the child, father or mother celebrates her name. The motto can be cut on Monday, Thursday or Saturday, considered "free" days of nap. Mars is excluded because it has three bad clocks. The child whose word is cut Tuesday will only be in trouble all his life. Neither Wednesdays or Fridays are indicated, as they are "dry" or fast days.

Parents are advised to avoid cutting the child's word during these times of the week, if they do not want their child to go "dry" all their life. Sunday should also be avoided, as it is related to the church and the celebration of the Holy Mass. The child's motto can be cut by the noses or by a foreign person, in no case by parents.

How the ritual of cutting the word goes

During the ceremony, the little one must wear new holiday clothes. His nose sits on a chair, near the window, he ties a hair suit with a blue or red bow and cuts his cross-shaped motto. If the sun is out, the child will have a bright and lucky life. If it is cloudy outside, there are signs that his life will be cloudy and full of challenges.

According to the ritual, the hair suite is glued on a silver pewter, with the wax dripped from the baptismal candle and is in love by the nose handed to the child, in order to do well. The mother will then take the baby from the baby's hand and keep it, in the idea that it will lick her baby in case of illness. It is believed that the word can heal the baby and scarecrow, if it is smoked. Another faith says that the baby whose hair has not been kept from cutting the word will suffer headaches when it grows.

After the word-cutting ceremony is over, the child is passed through the cake. This is done by regulating it from another by cozonac. The two noses grab the cake with their right hand and break it in two, over the head of the little one. The cake is then shared with everyone present at the ceremony.

A ritual with foresight

In some areas of the country, the cake is broken only for girls, and the word is cut only for boys. Both ceremonies end the same way: in front of the child is placed a tray full of objects, such as a book, a pencil, a pencil, a flower, a scroll, a coin or a note. The child is invited to choose three objects, the ones that attract him the most.

It is considered that the chosen objects foreshadow the future of the child. For example, if the child chooses money or jewelry from the tray, he will have great luck in life and become a rich man. If he chooses the flower, he will be loved by people. The child who chooses the book will become a learned man, if he chooses the pencil, he will become a writer. The one who puts the hand on the scissors or the comb, will have an inclination towards the jobs of tailor or hair stylist.

The meanings of the ritual

The cutting of the word is considered by some specialists in traditions and secular customs a more recent version of a Geto-Dacian custom, known in the people as the "Date of the beam". It is only practiced in the case of boys and was celebrated immediately after the New Year, in the year when the child turned 1 year or 3 years. It is believed that the ritual was initially performed by the priest, because later this role would be performed by the village midwife or the child's baptismal noses.

Legend has it that the great military garrison of the Geto-Dacians was very upset by the growing number of boys born. Wanting an army of high and mighty Geto-Dacians, he prayed to Zalmoxis, the supreme god, to teach him what to do, to make infants become frightened speeds. Zalmoxis advised him to set up a ritual, to be celebrated on the first day of the year, at morning hours and to repeat it in the first three years of the child's life. The ritual used a meal, an iron, a bread and three pennies. The one who officiated the job had to take the babe's bib, place it with his feet on the piece of iron and then lift it up to the beam, approaching it with the head of it and saying the following incantation: "May this babe be healthy and grow as big and strong as iron. "

The date of the beam had to be repeated three times, after which the child was given to the parents. Throughout the time, the ritual was interpreted in different ways, modified and modernized, until it became customary to cut the word. The meaning remained the same: taking or removing fear.

After cutting the word, the child will be brave and devoid of any fear. On the other hand, the silver ban on which the hair is attached means luck, health, prosperity and power for the child. And the passage of the child through the cake, to a certain extent, derives from the custom of the beam. It is a wish and a wish of parents and noses, that the baby should grow tall and strong.

What the Romanian Orthodox Church says

Most Orthodox priests believe that these customs dilute faith and encourage superstition. Through the habit of putting in front of children trays with different objects and asking them to choose what they want, adults try to guess what professional career the child will adopt at the age of maturity and what kind of hobbies he will have. This reiterates the tradition of the bear and the idea that man has a predetermined destiny.

From the perspective of the Church, it is not destiny that should guide man in life, but prayer and his own will. Cutting the word or breaking the cake is not considered a great sin, but adults should be careful not to fall prey to superstitions because of such practices.

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