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Annaprashan literally means "feeding rice" in Sanskrit. It is also known as Bhaatkhulai in the Garhwal hills, Mukhe Bhaat in Bengal or Choroonu in Kerala. Annaprashan is primarily a Hindu ceremony (though Parsis also have a similar ritual) that symbolises the beginning of the weaning period in your baby’s life. The baby is gradually introduced to solid foods following this ceremony. It is followed in most parts of the country, and while some rituals may differ slightly, it essentially celebrates the transition to solids.