If you are a parent of an infant who has come of age to have their first solid food then the occasion of Annaprashan is something that you might be familiar with. The term Annaprashan is a Sanskrit word, which literally translates to “grain initiation”.
In simple language, it means your baby’s first feeding or first rice-eating ceremony. In parts of Kerala it is called choroonu, while in West Bengal it is called mukhe bhaat, and in the regions of Garhwal Hills it is known as bhaatkhulai.
This month the muhurat for Annaprashan falls on two days: March 15 and March 24. Hindu devotees follow different rituals and rites across the region of the country, but essentially Annaprashan is celebrated as the baby’s transition to consuming solid food items.
Annaprashan can be performed anytime from six months until before their first birthday.