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rite of passage

An event or activity often performed or experienced as part of passing from one stage of life to another. Bar Mitzvah celebrations are a rite of passage as Jewish boys become men. Getting lost while trying to find their classrooms is kind of a rite of passage for freshmen at this school.
See also: of, passage, rite

rite of passage

a ceremony or event marking an important stage in someone's life, especially birth, initiation, marriage, and death.
See also: of, passage, rite
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Application of van Gennep's (1960) rite of passage framework by birth educators with expectant mothers provides a plan to assist women through the journey of pregnancy to birth and the post partum period.
a linked part of the learning process involved in the experience of a rite of passage from one life stage to another'.
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.
As a time-honored tradition, The Nutcracker has become an important rite of passage for local children and families.
RITE Of PASSAGE is on track for another crack at the ascot gold Cup following a workout after racing on Monday at the Curragh, writes Johnny Ward.
Dermot Weld's Rite Of Passage against Aidan O'Brien's Fame and Glory.
ORIGINAL ante-post favourite Rite Of Passage will miss Saturday's Irish Field St Leger at the Curragh.
Share a wonderful experience with a young girl as she goes through a rite of passage in her quinceanera on page 7.
In Bullock, Mississippi, lynching is a rite of passage for all 13-year-old white boys, until an unexpected force halts--if only temporarily--the cycle of killing.
Stravinsky's Rite of Spring is a frequently self-imposed rite of passage for choreographers.
THE RITE OF PASSAGE is a rhapsody on life, eternal life, life on earth, but includes parts of the author's own life as well.
As a mother of two other children who had experienced this Roman Catholic rite of passage just five and eight years, respectively, before, I was astonished and appalled at how First Communions, for Emily's generation, had suddenly become a commercial three-ring circus.
One regrets the absence of coverage of Rite of Passage and the haiku poems, both of which should have special appeal to the intended audience, but perhaps space considerations were a factor.
As far as pop culture is concerned, if a straight teenage boy hooks up with an older woman, it's a veritable rite of passage.
Case for a Communications Officer Critiquing CEOs' media relations shortcomings is becoming a rite of passage for consultants as predictable as the yearly decoding of annual report semantics.