First Use of Magic Celebration
Kitsune have a high mortality rate. So pre-magic kits are loved, but left without a name.
ObservanceThe family invites their kith and kin. Each attendee brings a gift wrapped in an indigo dyed furoshiki and a slip of paper wrapped around a blossom or branch picked from the flowers and trees in season. The gifts are carefully chosen educational toys and magical texts, and the kits will be most excited about those. For the family, it's the paper that is the most anticipated part. One's name signifies their fortune. The order of the celebration goes like this: everyone sits down for a feast, the kit opens the gifts and picks their name, and the family lights fireworks to announce their kit to the world.
The immediate family serves their favorite dishes with plenty of local specialties - fresh caught fish, inarizushi, rabbit, fowl, fresh picked or pickled vegetables, green tea, and wagashi.
Green Wagashi by Douglaspperkins
Opening the GiftsAfter eating, the family sets the kit in the middle of their family and friends with the gifts. No tags indicate the giver. It's a game to guess who gave each present.
Namingki to discern which paper has the name that will suit them best. Once chosen, the kit picks up the branch or bloom and delivers it proudly to their parents who read it aloud for the audience's benefit. The one who gave that name will become the kit's godparent. Then they divine the kit's fortune based on number of strokes in the kanji characters and the meaning of each character.
Grand FinaleFinally, the kitsune clan shoots off a volley of fireworks magically shaped in the name to announce their kit to the world.
Furoshiki by Freepik
Inarizushi by topntp26
Laura VanArendonk Baugh
I love it. Especially the inarizushi. (And now I'm hungry, thanks.) ;-)
All around utterly adorable!
Aww shucks. Thanks!
Super cute ceremony and I love the little details you've included.
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Thank you much!
I love it, every bit was so lovely. I was a bit confused and intrigued about the name choosing parts first, but you eventually explained it. It's so interesting to me the idea of the kit choosing their own name, but blindly. Super interesting!