rite of passage

rite of passage

noun
1.
Anthropology. a ceremony performed to facilitate or mark a person's change of status upon any of several highly important occasions, as at the onset of puberty or upon entry into marriage or into a clan.
2.
any important act or event that serves to mark a passage from one stage of life to another.

Origin:
1955–60

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rite of passage or rite de passage (French rit də pɑsaʒ)
 
n
1.  a ceremony performed in some cultures at times when an individual changes his status, as at puberty and marriage
2.  a significant event in a transitional period of someone's life
 
rite de passage or rite de passage
 
n

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rite of passage n.
A ritual or ceremony signifying an event in a person's life indicative of a transition from one stage to another, as from adolescence to adulthood.

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rite of passage

ceremonial event, existing in all historically known societies, that marks the passage from one social or religious status to another. This article describes these rites among various societies throughout the world, giving greatest attention to the most common types of rites; explains their purposes from the viewpoints of the people observing the rites; and discusses their social, cultural, and psychological significance as seen by scholars seeking to gain an understanding of human behaviour.

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