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Family Celebrations
Family Celebrations
  1. Birthdays
  2. The Tooth Fairy
  3. Baptisms
  4. La Quinceanera
  5. Driver’s License
  6. Bar Mitzvah
  7. Apache Sunrise Ceremonial
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two pastors holding babies at baptismal font
These babies are being baptized in a Methodist church by two ministers.
Photo courtesy of Roswell United Methodist Church, Roswell, Georgia
Baptisms are important ceremonies for Christians. Baptismal ceremonies differ depending on the denomination. But to most, baptisms symbolize one’s acceptance into a particular religion. During a baptismal ceremony, water is sometimes sprinkled on the person’s head, or the person may be submerged in a tank of water. These special ceremonies often involve the parents, the person to be baptized, and the godparents. Godparents are chosen by the child’s parents to care for the child’s spiritual well-being if the parents cannot. Each denomination determines when a person should be baptized. Some denominations baptize babies, while others believe a person should be old enough to choose baptism. It’s not uncommon for families to choose baptismal gowns and accessories for this special day. Many babies wear christening dresses, beautiful white lace gowns with matching hoods, and special shoes when they are baptized. Christians believe that John the Baptist performed the first baptisms, and believe he baptized Jesus Christ over 2000 years ago. Many religions have special rituals welcoming new members into their ranks.
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