What Happens at a Christening Ceremony?

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During a christening ceremony, parents and godparents bring a child before a minister or priest, and water is poured over the child's head to cleanse away original sin. Parents and godparents vow that they intend to be a positive influence in the child's life. A certificate is then signed by the minister or priest, documenting the ceremony. A party typically takes place afterwards, and gifts are given to the family.