In modern day Egypt, the number 7 and survival are traditionally linked. On the 7th day of a babies’ life they celebrate the new arrival in a traditional naming ceremony called the ‘Sebooh’
During the ceremony, the mother puts the baby dressed in white in a large basket and shakes it gently to help the infant become accustomed to the inconsistencies of life. Then the child is placed with a knife along its chest to help keep evil spirits away. Guests at the ceremony scatter gold, grains and other gifts around the baby. The mother steps over the baby 7 times, while prayers are sung by the guests to the child to listen and obey his parents.
The new mother then leads a procession with lights, candles and incense with singing by guests and children blessing the house and its occupants. At the beginning of ‘Sebooh’, several candles are lit, each signifying a possible name. The candle that burns the longest will hold the babies name