Baptism is generally a water purification ritual practiced in many of various religions including Christianity, Mandaeanism, and Sikhism. Christian baptism is believed by many to have its origins with the Jewish ritual of mikvah. The word baptize derives from the Greek word which loosely means "to dip, bathe, or wash". [Middle English baptizen, from Old French baptiser, from Late Latin baptīzāre, from Greek baptizein , from baptein, to dip. Whatever the ritual, a lasting memory in the form of a Baptism video or photo album is a great way to capture the sacred, once-in-a-lifetime event. Baptism is a sacred event in a person's life, they begin with being baptized and continue on to celebrate many other religious rituals as they grow up and learn about their faith. For example, Catholicism will have the child take a First Communion when they are eight, and Confirmation when they are thirteen, to ensure
that the person is now old enough to decide for themselves if they want to be a member of the Catholic church. All religions have a number of rituals that take place throughout one's life, but baptism is up to the parents when the child is young. A person can choose to be baptized later in life if they wish. However, if you have a baby and you are religious, then you should consider having your child baptized or christened.