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Naming party instead of baptisms?


The solemn naming of a child is an important event in every family. It is not enough to register your birth at the registry office. In many circles, it is still considered the duty of young parents to baptize a child, i.e. to symbolically include him in the community of believers.

Baptisms are strongly associated with Polish tradition. It is not surprising, therefore, that both deeply religious people and those who do not feel such a strong connection with the church carry children for baptism.

For those who explicitly reject the possibility of baptizing a child, the tradition of organizing a naming party was established. As you can guess, the idea was born in the West.

Naming party is a party giving a name to the child. It is not popular in our umbilical culture, which is usually organized by a newly baked daddy when the child's mother is in the hospital, but serves as a christening party, to which family and often friends are invited. In addition to the richly set table, alcohol, cake and cake, the child plays the main role in this event and the meeting takes place in a similar style to popular baptisms.

However, there are some differences. Naming party is not preceded by a ceremony in the church. During the meeting, the child's name is revealed. For the first time, their family meets them.

Not only family members but also friends and acquaintances are invited to the naming party. The event is less formal. Some parents in the west decide to choose a theme and organize a meeting in which it will take on special significance.

A party with a name can take place in a variety of styles, for example, traditionally in combination with dinner, or a meeting is scheduled in the evening, including a drink tasting. Naming party takes place at home, premises or in the garden. Some also choose a kind of "godparents", that is, special guardians of the child.

Can a naming party replace christening parties? Is this tradition likely to be adopted in our society, where baptism is still often considered a parent's responsibility? Hasn't this tradition come about by force? What do you think