It has been a couple of weeks since our son’s birthday and we’re still reeling from the excitement of it. We decided to celebrate this special day with our most dear family and friends in North Carolina. It was a way for all of us to be together and it worked out better than we had imagined it.
The day started out very early for our little guy with a special ceremony, Ayush Homam.
Homams are Pujas (religious ceremony) performed for a particular deity by invoking Agni, the god of fire. The Sun is considered as the main source of energy, and fire is considered as a representation of the Sun’s energy. According to the ancient texts on Homams, any offer to Fire as a god, is actually an offer to Sun. Any such offer is done either to enrich energy or to destroy the undesirable elements in the environment, and thus, in both ways, environment is protected. Like Pujas, Homams are also believed to be one of the greatest ritual in Hindu religion. The word Ayusha means Age. The Ayusha homam is performed by learned Pandit for long life and removal of obstacles. The Ayusha homam is done to worship the god of life. By doing this homam, one gets long life blessings from Ayur Devata.
Lelan sat through most of the ceremony thanks to the snacks in my dad’s pocket. He was particularly fascinated with the voice of the pandit performing the puja. My mom bought him a cute outfit which he changed into later. The best part was that she also bought his cousin Madden a matching outfit and the two of them were as cute as can be!
Following the ceremony, we headed back to my sister’s house to set up for the party. Lelan was exhausted from the travel and took one of the longest naps he’s ever taken- a whopping 3 hours- which gave us plenty of time to set up. As our family and friends started to trickle in, the excitement was undeniable. Since Lelan has been obsessed with his teepee at home, my sister bought one for him especially for the party. The minute he saw it filled with balloons, he started beaming. He had so much fun chasing balloons across the room. Thankfully, none of them burst in his hands. My family took care of ordering all the food and decorations for the occasion. All we had to do was show up with our baby boy and enjoy the festivities, making it absolutely stress-free.
After about an hour of mingling, it was time for cake! Lelan had no trouble figuring out what he was supposed to do. Even before the birthday song was over, he was digging into that thing like a pro. His sweet cousin Johanna came over to help him but he was having none of it. haha! I was able to find a special bakery that makes a darn good sugar-free cake and had zero guilt about our son going to town with it!
My only regret of the day is not having a group photo with my entire family, but there were so many unforgettable moments throughout the day that more than make up for it.
We couldn’t have imagined a more perfect day of our family! It was one of the happiest days of my life!
Happy birthday, sweet Lelan! You are so loved by so many people! Here’s to many, many, many more!!!