Do you remember your first moon? Maybe it was all you thought it would be or maybe it a nightmare. No matter what the experience may have been, I’m willing to bet that most of you didn’t have a celebration or any training (outside of etiquette classes or a debutante ball, etc.) related to it. In our culture, we celebrate birthdays, holidays, anniversaries, and events of that nature, but rarely do we celebrate first moons.
Since I am the mother of three boys, I’ve discussed their coming of age celebrations with their father, yet I felt it was important for my nieces and cousins to have first moon celebrations. In fact, I’ve already started planning. I was surfing the web when I happened upon the party favors in the picture above. These awesome favors are sold by Menarche Parties R Us. In addition to favors, they sell educational games to play at first moon celebrations and a few other products. While I found this site to be refreshing, I wondered how my niece’s/cousin’s girlfriends and their mothers would handle receiving this invitation in the mail. Hmmmmm. The fact that I had to even ponder on this question let me know that we have some work to do in our society.
So, where do we start? I’d like to pose that idea that we consider building traditions in our families that help us get to the point where receiving an invitation like the one above in the mail is common place and something we look forward to. Before we can do this, we have to educate ourselves and other elders who are raising the next generation of wonderful women. Here are a few resources to help us start. I’d love to hear your thoughts and experiences. Love and light.