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The jatakarma ceremony welcomes the baby into the world. The father places a small amount of ghee and honey on the baby's tongue and whispers the name of God in his ear. On about the eleventh day after birth the parents celebrate the name-giving ceremony (namakarana) by dressing the baby in new clothes. The family astrologer announces the child's horoscope (see ). Traditionally the child's name is chosen according to the position of the moon in the birth chart. Songs and sometimes a havan (fire sacrifice) accompany these rites, followed by the obligatory feast.

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