Last Friday we gave Lachlan his first hair-cut.
The first hair-cut is an important celebration in Vanuatu. Traditionally, birthdays mean little but markers of growth and maturity mean a lot. For example, a teenage boy here recently built his first house. It is a traditional style hut, possibly a bush-kitchen, I am not sure, but in building it, 'he has proved himself to be a man'. Similarly, Loki is no more considered a baby, but a small boy.
Well we don't know exactly how the first hair-cut is celebrated, but we organised food, invited some friends over and had a good time together. I do know that the child's 'uncles' (the mother's brothers) are important in this celebration, but in their absence we asked Glen's cousin, who is a hairdresser and was visiting, to do the haircut. I had a lovely time.
As it happened, Matthew's first tooth fell out the same morning. So, half way through the celebration, when Loki had gone to sleep (he is, after all, only a small boy) Matthew took the place of honour, cut the cake, and we celebrated the fall of his first tooth!
Hopefully I can update this soon with some photographs.