The deep-rooted culture of Anatolia has hosted different civilizations for many years. This rich cultural heritage has brought with it many traditions and customs, from weddings to baby births and even the first teeth of babies. Tooth wheat is one of these traditions. In the past, this tradition, which was practiced in almost every family, was celebrated when a newborn baby’s first tooth erupted. Today, however, this tradition seems to have been forgotten in big cities. Instead, “toothed out” parties have become more common.
The main purpose of the tooth wheat tradition was to help the baby have a painless teething process and have healthy teeth. Today, however, this tradition is mostly celebrated as a fun and social activity for expectant mothers.
The Two Faces of the Tooth Wheat Celebration
In ancient times, postpartum women could not express their stress and problems. But buckwheat offered a great opportunity for postpartum mothers to get together and have fun with their friends and relatives. This celebration emphasizes the strengthening of social bonds and the importance of the support system.
How to Organize a Tooth Wheat Party?
- It all starts with the appearance of the baby’s first tooth. The person who notices the first tooth is considered a special participant and receives a gift for the baby that he can keep for life.
- This person also chooses and prepares clothes for the baby for the day of the party.
- A suitable day for the tooth wheat party is determined and preparations are started. This usually happens when babies’ teeth begin to erupt.
- Foods such as cakes, pies, pastries and cookies are prepared for the guests.
- The baby’s new clothes to be dressed are washed, ironed and made ready.
- During tooth wheat, the baby is seated and a handful of cooked and cooled wheat is poured over his head.
- The wheat remaining on the baby’s head is collected and strung on a string. In this tradition, it is believed that the baby’s teeth should be straight and aligned.
- Other wheat grains remaining on the cover are given to the birds. This reflects the belief that the baby will be a benevolent person to nature and other living things.
- An important stage of the buckwheat party is the placing of objects symbolizing occupations on the floor covering. The baby reaches for these objects and it is believed that the first object he picks up determines his future profession.
- The guests present the gifts they brought for the baby to the expectant mother, and then the treats begin.
- In some regions, sugar is stored in one of the containers during tooth wheat and it is left to chance who gets this sugar. Whoever buys this candy gives the baby a gift that he will keep for life.
Tooth Wheat Party Ingredients and Meanings
Toothbread party supplies are selected based on beliefs and symbols:
- Book: It is believed that if the baby reaches for the book, he will achieve academic success in the future.
- The Holy Quran: It is believed that the baby who reaches out to the holy book will have a profession related to religion.
- Pen: The baby reaching for the pen is considered a sign that he will have a good job.
- Scissors: If the baby reaches for scissors, it is thought to be a tailor, hairdresser or designer in the future.
- Ruler: It is believed that if the baby reaches for the ruler, he will choose a technical profession such as engineering.
- Stethoscope: It is believed that if the baby reaches for the stethoscope, he will become a doctor or nurse.
- Spoon: It is believed that if the baby reaches for the spoon, he will adopt a profession such as a cook.
- Paint: It is believed that if the baby reaches for paint, he will become a painter or artist.
Toothbread party supplies can be modified according to personal preferences and beliefs. However, care should be taken to ensure that the baby is not harmed and safe while reaching for these objects.
How to Make Healthy Tooth Wheat?
Ingredients you need to prepare a delicious toothpaste:
- Half a cup of palm extract
- 2.5 cups of buckwheat
- 2 liters of drinking water
- Half a glass of walnuts
- Half a cup of hazelnuts
- Half a cup of almonds
- 1 cup of pomegranate
- 1 cup of dried mulberry
- 5-6 dried figs
- 5-6 dried apricots
- Half a glass of raisins
- Pistachio and coconut for topping
For a traditional buckwheat preparation, you can make a healthy and delicious buckwheat with these ingredients.
As a result, tooth wheat is a traditional Anatolian ritual and is important as a social event as well as celebrating the baby’s first tooth. This tradition brings families together while offering a fun activity filled with objects that symbolize the baby’s future profession. Make sure that babies are safe and enjoying themselves during the preparations.