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The naming ceremony in Hausa culture is held on the seventh day after
the birth of a child similar to other cultures. In traditional
Hausa/Fulani culture, once a woman puts to bed, she will be bathed
with hot water so has to massage her body for days. The husband
prepares kolanuts to be served to the guests. Also, an animal is
provided mostly a ram for sacrifice on the naming day. On the third
day after the child is born, the kauri (a food) is prepared and
distributed to the relatives and friends signaling the birth of the
child. On the sixth day after delivery, notices are sent out to the
friends and well-wishers inviting them to the naming ceremony
proper.On the naming day, the men stay outside the house while the
women stay inside the house and await the coming of the Imam. When the
Imam comes, he slaughters the sacrificial animal that the husband had
earlier provided. After the sacrifice, the Imam asks everyone to pray
to allah. After that, he then prays in Arabic and Hausa and blesses
the Child, after the prayers, gifts are presented to the Imam by the
father of the child.A professional barber is called to shave off the
child’s hair and also give the child any desired tribal marks.The
names for the child are chosen from the Koran by the father with or
without the consent of his wife. Girls are often named after
historical figures such as Amina or Aishatu whilst names for males are
named after Mohammed’s companions or after the 25 prophets in the
Koran.

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