Rite-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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