Shinto rituals related to childbirth and child rearing
In gratitude to the gods for being blessed with a child, a celebration of wearing a belt is held on the day of the dog in the fifth month of pregnancy. Childbirth is one of life's most important events, and even in today's world of medical advances, it is still important for women. It is said that the day of the dog is chosen because it helps dogs to have many and easy deliveries, and it is said to ward off evil spirits by barking frequently to protect the house. I will tighten the "Iwata belt" with meaning. Then, pray for safe delivery, hoping for the safety of the mother and the safe birth of a healthy baby.
When a child is born, various events are held to pray for its safe growth, such as naming, shichiya, and the beginning of eating. Among them, the first shrine visit is one of the important life rituals in which the first visit to the tutelary deity is made around 100 days after birth (around 30 days in some regions), offering sincere gratitude to the great deity, and praying for healthy growth. is.
*In addition, prayers for safe childbirth are offered on days other than the above-mentioned day of the dog.
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Reiwa 5 Year Dog's Day Calendar