Yesterday was a special day for my family. We observed Hatsu Mairi. This is the equivalent to a baptism or confirmation in christian churches. Our family waited until our daughter was old enough to participate in the decision. We chose the age of eight as she entered, according to current psychological understanding, the age of reason. It was a very lovely service and also confirmed our families commitment to the Buddhist path. Another item that made it special was that our oldest daughter played the piano during the service.