The King and his Queen are celebrating the birth of their baby daughter, the Princess Aurora. Catalabutte announces the arrival the fairies of Kindness: Tenderness, Carelessness, Generosity, Playfulness, Audacity and the Lilac Fairy, principal godmother to the Princess Aurora. Each of them bestows the newborn infant with a gift – honesty, grace, prosperity, song and generosity. But the festival is suddenly interrupted by the arrival of the evil fairy Carabosse, who became furious upon learning of the King’s refusal to invite her to the ceremony. The king puts the responsibility on Catalabutte. Carabosse angrily tears his wig off. Her gift to the infant is a curse: at the age of 16, Aurora will prick her finger on a spindle and fall asleep forever. The Lilac fairy, who did not have time to give the Princess a gift, says that the dream will not be eternal — Aurora will be awakened by the kiss of a Prince, charmed by her beauty.