a rite of passage

a rite of passage

an activity or ceremony that shows that someone has reached an important new stage in their life, especially the start of their adult life There's an element of danger to most adolescent rites of passage, whether they be driving, sex, alcohol or drugs.
See also: of, passage, rite
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Describing a rite of passage as a major change in one's life that comes with often contrasting and confusing emotions, Silke asserts that "Victims of abuse are forced to undergo a distorted rite of passage.
Requiring kids to register would add weight to the idea of voting as a rite of passage to adulthood and as a citizen's duty, rather than merely an option to be exercised at one's own discretion.
This difference in generational interpretations demonstrates, in part, that First Communion succeeded as a rite of passage more from the children's, than from the adults', point of view," she writes.
The task of choreographing and performing Swan Lake is also a rite of passage.
It's a rite of passage for many expectant parents: showing off fuzzy images from the first ultrasound exam.
The lifemask is a rite of passage for all recipients of the award.
Hospitals have also gradually become the places where most of the population are born and many die, yet it took a great deal of protest -- mainly from women in the 1970s and '80s -- to turn the maternity hospital from an emergency ward into a place fit to celebrate a rite of passage, a normal birth being no sickness but a joy.
Broken down into its most basic elements, a rite of passage involves (1) a separation from society, (2) preparation or instruction from an elder, (3) a transition (in the case of adolescence, from child to adult), and (4) a welcoming back into society with acknowledgement of the adolescent's changed status.
Has recreational drug use become a rite of passage for gay men and lesbians?
Traversing the labyrinth between "Will you Marry me" and "I do" is a rite of passage every betrothed couple encounters on the way to "happily ever after.
I asked myself, 'Is it a rite of passage for UCLA just to win a national championship every year?
Nonetheless, it's an amiable production examining the birth of what today is simply accepted as a rite of passage for every high-school or college student.
It's a rite of passage, a formal marker of the passage of a young woman into adulthood.
There may be a rite of passage there for us - wonders that we cannot now imagine - waiting to unfold if we have the courage and creativity to let it happen.
Parents thought it was a rite of passage - respect for your elders.