You've heard of baptisms and other religious ceremonies, like Jewish circumcisions (the bris), that take place after the baby is born.
What about a "Bless-the-Baby" ceremony for an unborn child? For newly engaged couple Alicia Keys and rapper Swizz Beatz, this was a lovely and appreciated surprise!
The couple was in South Africa doing a charity event for Bobbi Bear under a special tree where kids who were abused retreat to get healing and soak up positive energy. Little did the famous parents-to-be know that in addition to honoring children who came to the event, their child would be honored too.
Keys was dressed in traditional jewelry and a stunning blue robe. She and her unborn baby were both given Zulu names during the blessing ritual while standing under the powerful fig tree, known as a healing tree to locals.
Did you partake in a blessing or spiritual ritual prior to giving birth? What about after? Please share.
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