Traditional Keepsakes from Around the World

August 09, 2018

Traditional Keepsakes from Around the World

The arrival of a new baby can help to spur an array of keepsake items that will help you to remember those special days for a lifetime.

While there are many traditional keepsakes here in the UK, you may wish to start a new tradition of your own. After all, new keepsakes may mean more to you or signify your family in a far more personal way than traditional items such as christening gown.

Therefore, if you’ve been trying to think of some new ways to remember your little one’s arrival into the world, we’ve shared a handful of the keepsakes which are revered around the world.


An Irish Bonnet

While an Irish christening is very similar to a UK christening in which the ceremony is of religious service, there is also a small but extremely significant difference.

Traditionally, during an Irish baptism, babies wear a bonnet made from a handkerchief that their mother carried on her wedding day. This bonnet is then made back into a handkerchief on the child’s wedding day so that the circle continues.

The beauty of this constant recycling is that it becomes a tradition ingrained into the family and can be used for generations down the line.


The Tree of Life

Creating a keepsake to use throughout life can help to represent that child’s milestones, and enable every stage to be celebrated.

In Jewish tradition, when a baby is born a tree is planted to represent the birth of life. If it’s a boy a cedar tree is planted, and for a girl, a pine tree is planted.

The tree is then cut down when the children plan their wedding day, as the wood is used to make a huppah, a traditional wooden structure which they will marry under.


Make it Red

In China, the colour red is symbolic for the prosperity and happiness, therefore it plays a strong role in a new baby’s arrival.

When a baby turns one month old, relatives will bring the baby gifts wrapped in red paper or painted red to give the offering of a long and happy life.

Money is most often given on this day by relatives or a painted egg, which symbolises the changing life.

Red may not be a colour you wish to choose, but the crafting of a keepsake could be a more meaningful way to represent the birth.


A Gift of Gold

Protecting and honouring a child is a key feature in many keepsakes, and the same can be seen in Greece.

When a child is born there is a big family celebration, and the gift of silver coins is given to the child as well as an amulet which is said to ward off evil.

While this may not be the approach you are looking for, a coin marked with the child’s birthday could be a more modern way to incorporate this tradition.





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