The third of the three little musketeers had her first birthday!!
Our close-knit group of friends gathered once again to celebrate.
Hana was not all that fond of the ceremony that took longer than most babies want to be held in front of a stranger. Especially when the stranger is singing Orthodox Christening chants. I am sure if it was the Becolino (Baby soap) Song She would have been just fine. 🙂
The priest sang/chanted, sprinkled water on her head, and cut her hair in four places. The Kum (Serbian for best man) who is also the Godfather and Hana’s mom followed the priest, circling the altar three times. This was a new cultural experience for me. I found it interesting. Also, The song “Tradition” from Fiddler on the Roof came to mind. So much of the ceremony is steeped in tradition going back centuries.
After the ceremony at the gorgeous old church, we had a short break. It was time for the little ones to nap and then met up back at the home of Hana and her family for an amazing dinner. Regretfully, I didn’t get to eat much, but what I did eat was YUM-mazing!
You may ask where the woman are.
I hope Hana enjoyed her birthday. I know all the other kids enjoyed her toys. 😉 Thanks for sharing Hana!
For St. Patrick’s day, I did a little photo shoot with my little leprechaun. She was less than cooperative. This is my favorite of the pics.. It looks like she is dancing.
Dang! Four places? The priest would have been out of luck ’cause I was nearly bald till I was two! Poor kiddos!
Your little o’munchkin is adorable!
BTW talked w your mom yesterday. Sounds like they are well.
Haha, I know I think that seems excessive.! We need to skype!!
What a beautiful church. Is it traditional for the men to eat separate? I was once invited to eat with some friends from Georgia. The men sat, eat and consumed vast quantities of Vodka. While the women produced and served more and more delicious food.