She does not take a bath, at least, for a fortnight after the birth of the child.
The mother is never left alone in the house at least for forty days in succession for fear of evil spirits.
For most of the time during the day, the child is kept in a swinging cradle, which is in common use all over the sub-continent. The child entirely belongs to the mother, she feeds it, at least, for two years and makes every possible endeavour to protect it from the malignant eye or the glance of evil spirits.
Those women who have no male issue pay visits to they holy shrines on Thursday nights and beseech the favors of the holy saints for a male child.
The second important ceremony in a child's life is Sar Kalai or hair cutting.
When the child is about 40 days old, a village barber shaves his or her hairs. This event is also celebrated with the slaughter of a goat or sheep for guests.
The expected advent of the child is kept secret as far as possible.
The expectant mother is kept secluded and only an old woman proficient in midwifery or one or two female relatives are allowed to attend to her.
Relatives and friends felicitate the proud parents and let off their guns as a mark of jubilation.A record of the money, so proffered, is kept for repayment on a similar occasion.All women who offer money are given Loopatas (Scarf’s) in addition to sweetmeats.The father warmly receives the guests, slaughters a ram or goat and serves a sumptuous lunch to the visiting guests.
Sweetmeats are also distributed among the young and old alike.
A pious woman, preferably mother of several sons, administers this liquid compound to the child.