Friday, September 12, 2008

Noor's Teething Celebration=سنينية نور

Noor's first two teeth popped through last month. She wasted no time practicing her new found chompers on you know who's you know what's. Once the novelty of biting her source of sustenance wore off, she quickly became adept at actually using them for their intended purpose: chewing.

Anyway, being the sucker for traditions that I am, I decided to mark the occasion with what we call a "snayniya" in Arabic, sort of a teething celebration. It basically entails making a sweet dish by the same name and passing it out to friends and family, as well as distributing candied almonds and chocolates.

Snayniya (the sweet) consists of whole wheat kernels that are soaked and boiled until tender, then sweetened with sugar or honey, flavored with some orange-blossom water, and mixed with loads of raisins, mixed chopped nuts, and pomegranate seeds if available.

Though she hadn't a clue what was going, Noor seemed to enjoy herself nonetheless! And I'm happy to report she is no longer biting me!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey, we have the same tradition in TR, never knew this existed in any other culture, wonder where it originated from.

she looks soooo adorable mashallah!!!!


10:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just don't let her get a sweet tooth!

5:35 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Mabrouk el sannoun ya nour ..She is so pretty mashalla

3:15 PM  
Blogger ياسمين حميد said...

how sweeeet she is now!
rabna yekhalliha lek

8:27 PM  
Blogger Kris said...

I hadn't heard of that, but it sounds nice. I'm glad she stopped biting! It took Kalila awhile to learn that one, but it finally took thankfully lol.

Those are beautiful pictures btw... She's gorgeous mashalla

1:58 AM  

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