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Naming Ceremonies across the World


Naming ceremonies across the World

LT focus: Learn the rites of passage across societies


In a circle time form, ask the children how they came to have their name.

Are they named after family members? Does their name come from the time of their birth? Is there name a traditional name? Does their name have a meaning?

During which ceremony (if any) was their name made official? Baptism? Krustaba (Latvian)? Itiq (innuit)?

Ask the children to bring in photos of their ceremony for display in the Learn Together corner


For this lesson the children will be exploring the different naming ceremonies performed across the globe.

Give each group of 2/3 an envelope containing a different ceremony/ ritual.

Such as (but not limited to):

  • Australian/ Aborigine
  • Buddhist
  • Chinese
  • Christian
  • Hindu
  • Humanist
  • Innuit
  • Jewish
  • Latvia
  • Muslim
  • Nigerian Yoruba
  • Pagan
  • Sikh

The children could create a short and quick Pages document to share with the class later in the week.

These should include Photos, testimonials, costumes, traditions, etc


The children could present their findings to the class or to an assembly

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