A Look at Sand Ceremonies
Sand ceremonies are used to symbolise the input, commitment and
sacrifice that the contributors are prepared to make, for the
child having the naming day ceremony.
The ceremony involves one large empty central vase, which is
generally displayed at the head (focal point) of the ceremony.
Depending on how many smaller vases are being used, parents family
and friends will take a small vase of coloured sand, and slowly
being pouring it into the larger central vase.
Remembering that the central vase represents the child having
the naming day ceremony, it is up to the discretion of each person
pouring the sand, how much sand will be added. The end result
should be varying layers of coloured sands in the central vase,
with each layer symbolising the effort that each contributor will
make with regard to the child at the centre of the naming day
A reading can be performed during this ceremony, or a piece of
music may be played to enhance the ritual.
At the conclusion of the naming day celebrations, the central
vase filled with sand is displayed in the child's bedroom, or
somewhere prominent in the home, as an eternal reminder of the
support the child has from friends, family and parents.