The rice feeding ceremony is a mandatory ceremony performed when the child is ready to eat rice and before the child is introduced to salt.
An astrologer finds the right date.
The ceremony can vary slightly, e.g. what kind of food is served and how much.
Girl: The ceremony is usually performed 5 months after the birthdate.
Boy: The ceremony is usually performed 6 months after the birthdate.
Normally around 20 to 25 different types of dishes containing rice and other types of food are prepared. In Newari tradition up to about 85 dishes are served.
It's not necessary to feed the child all the dishes. It is a symbol that the child is ready to eat different types of food.
Photos: Decent and his family. Text: Decent