Agra Hadig Teething Party: An Armenian Tradition

Updated on September 20, 2019
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I love sharing the Armenian traditions in my family with others.

As soon as your baby's first tooth pokes through, it's time for Agra Hadeeg celebration!
As soon as your baby's first tooth pokes through, it's time for Agra Hadeeg celebration! | Source

What Is an Agra Hadig Party?

As soon as your baby has cut his/her first tooth, it's time to start inviting your family and friends for an Agra Hadig party. "Agra" means tooth, and "Hadig" means kernal (barley or wheat). The Agra Hadig party is a fun celebration. The idea is to find out what your baby's future profession will be.

Here's what happens: The baby is seated on the floor and in front of him/her are placed objects symbolic of the field he or she will go into as an adult. Here are some examples/ideas:

  • Money - Financial profession or a wealthy person
  • Globe - Traveler
  • Pencil/Pen - Writer
  • Paintbrush - Artist
  • Book - Teacher, scholar
  • Hairbrush - Beautician or someone in the beauty field
  • Wooden spoon - Chef or baker
  • Stethoscope or plastic knife - Doctor
  • Toy Airplane - Pilot
  • Racing form - You get the idea

You can basically put down anything you'd like that will have meaning to you.

So you have your baby seated on the floor with these objects in front of him/her. A yard of tulle or soft netting is held over the baby's head and a little bit of the cooked grain (see below for recipe) is sprinkled over the baby for good luck. Then the baby is encouraged to pick up the object that he's most interested in.

Of course, the baby is confused as to what all the hoopla is about. But it's a very joyful day. I mean, who doesn't love babies? And the fun of seeing what they will choose is cause for laughter. And the day doesn't end there. The family will invite the guests to celebrate by having dinner together.

The hadig grain is mixed with cinnamon, sugar, raisins, nuts, and is served as a dessert.
The hadig grain is mixed with cinnamon, sugar, raisins, nuts, and is served as a dessert. | Source

How to Make Hadig

In my Armenian-American tradition, the grain used for hadig is whole wheat kernals, which you can purchase at Middle Eastern markets. But in other families, whole barley is used as well, and that is more readily available at the supermarket or grocery. Either way, the texture and symbolism is the same. The little kernals are symbolic of little teeth. And being that the grain swells in volume when cooked, it is symbolic of an abundance of good fortune for the child.

If you're using wheat, soak it overnight for faster preparation. If you're using barley, soaking is not necessary. It's going to expand, so if you want two cups of finished product, use a cup or slightly less.

If you soaked the wheat overnight, drain and rinse it. Boil the grain in clean water until tender. Drain and rinse and allow to cool.

The cooked grain is what you will use to sprinkle on the baby before they reach for the items. And then what you do with it afterward depends on you and your guests.

What I like to do is add some sugar and cinnamon to the wheat or barley and mix it. And then have an array of items that are added by your guests to the hadeeg (like a hadeeg buffet). Traditionally, here's what is added to the hadig:

  • chopped walnuts or almonds
  • raisins or currants
  • shredded coconut
  • pomegranate seeds
  • chopped apple or dates
  • sesame seeds

And still others will add veggies to the hadeeg as a healthy salad adding cucumbers, tomatoes, lemon, red onion, olive oil and seasonings. If you go the savory route, do not add sugar and cinnamon.

However you decide to make your hadig (wheat or barley, sweet or savory), it doesn't matter. The main idea is to get together with your family and friends and celebrate your beautiful baby, this new milestone and the love that you all share together!

Questions & Answers

  • What are the words that a person says when the baby has the tulle over their head?

    In my family there are no words said over the baby. That doesn’t mean it’s not done, only that I’m not familiar with that tradition.

  • Do I bring a present to an Agra Hadeeg party?

    Generally speaking, no. You wouldn’t take a gift for an Agra Hadeeg. However, if you have not seen them since the baby was born, I would take something for the baby. If you have, then traditionally, as Armenians, we don’t go to someone’s home empty-handed. So a bottle of wine or flowers is a nice gesture for the host/hostess.


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    • Ahnoosh profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from Southern California

      GepeTooRS, did you mean to ask a question? Thanks for stopping by.

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      4 years ago

      Thanks for every other fantastic article. Where else may just

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      7 years ago

      Thank you for this... I searched Google not expecting to get anything but here it is. Thanks for the hadeeg recipe... Love the sweet option as I've always seen it as the savoury option


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