My nephew's christening in Nuuk

A big day for our big family, my nephew's christening. Normally will most of the infants wear a long dress, but my nephew is almost 5 months old so he was wearing the traditional clothes for Greenlandic males. 
My sisters best friend and I was the godmothers and he was named: Suluk (means wing) Milo (middle name) Berthelsen (mothers last name) and Eigaard (fathers last name). 

My nephew's christening in Nuuk

As you can see it was a day of happiness :-) 

In Greenland, there are the northern, eastern and the western national clothes. 
We were wearing the west Greenlandic clothes which got its beads from the Europeans when they started to come to Greenland in 1600, while the last small changes were made in the 1720´s. The men's suits consist of a white anorak, black pants and short, black sealskin coats. The women wear an anorak with pearl collars and cuffs with short pants of seal leather with skins embroidery. The skinny combs consist of a long inner boot with rich floral embroidery and lace and a shorter outer boot with leather embroidery.

We wear these on special occasions, so each time I get to wear this I get a feeling of proudness and happiness. 

My nephew's christening in Nuuk

My nephew and I, right before I walked him into the church. A very special feeling. 

 

96% of Greenland's inhabitants are Christians, almost entirely protistans.

My nephew's christening in Nuuk

The statue on the top of the hill is Hans Egede. He was the Norwegian priest who founded Nuuk in 1728 and brought Christianity into Greenland.

The Nuuk cathedral was established in 1849 and is located in the old part of the town. My nephew's christening in Nuuk

The picture of Suluk and his mother and father. 

My nephew's christening in Nuuk

After the christening, we had an open house "Kaffemik." Where all our family and friends are invited to come and have Greenlandic dishes and many different cakes. We just have a starting hour and it goes on and on until the last guest leaves the house. It is always very cosy with a lot of storytellings and laughter.  

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