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Prescribed forms of ceremony used to mark and celebrate significant events in the life stages of an individual; birth, puberty, marriage, ordination of a special role, death, etc.
Rites of passage are ritual events that mark a person's progress from one status to another.
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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.
An example of rites of passage include debutante ball, graduation, formal etc.
by caity123 June 03, 2006

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