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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

New baby!

This is one of my favorite parts about Roma culture. Whenever a new baby is born in the Mahala and the family is ready to bring the new addition home, close friends and family gather outside the hospital (which I get to walk past every day on my way to work!), play music out of their cars and basically have a little party until its time to load up in a big caravan that drives through the neighborhood honking horns. Yesterday, I saw cars starting to line up in front of the hospital, and was thrilled that the caravan passed Katya and me in the Roma neighborhood when we walking around spreading the word about our hike with the kids today.

Didn't get any pics at the hospital, but this is the caravan passing us in the Mahala.

Neighbors heading to the new babies house to join the party.

Tents set up, with A LOT of food and many gifts for the baby!

In Bulgarian culture, its bad luck for the family to display the baby to the "public" too soon. So usually once the baby is brought home from the hospital, its only introduced to immediate family for the first month - sometimes as long as three.
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