rite of passage

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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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They were incorporated into the cadet corps in a rite of passage, getting handshakes from their upperclassmen after a grueling six-month training.
The wilderness period can be seen as a liminal period within a rite of passage moving the people from oppressed slaves under Pharaoh in Egypt to free servants of Yahweh in the Promised Land.
When a woman gives birth to her child, she experiences the culmination of a rite of passage (Davis-Floyd, 1992; Schneider, 2012).
Both A Long Way Gone and Little Soldier represent and test a common social assumption: that war can serve as a rite of passage to maturity and can accelerate the transition from childhood to adulthood.
Hyun Kim argues that the ritual space of the road and the act of returning are based on territorial passage, just as funeral and wedding rituals are a rite of passage. The return of the deceased to his former home is linked to the crossing of a water boundary.
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.
The project, which has become a rite of passage for students at Wellwood Middle School in Fayetteville, N.Y., "is the last thing they do before moving from middle to high school," says Capponi.
Young tubeworms in the deep ocean break out with skin infections as a rite of passage to adulthood, according to a new notion of their growth.
"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 plot of Swan Lake turns on a rite of passage: Prince Siegfried, reaching the age of 21, must choose a bride.
It's a rite of passage for many expectant parents: showing off fuzzy images from the first ultrasound exam.
What could be a lighthearted romp through a 16th birthday turns out to be a rite of passage, not only for Josie, but for many of her friends as well as they reflect on their lives as of February 29th, and their futures.
This eclectic anthology ranges from the practical, as in "Maneuvering Through Menopause: A Rite of Passage" in which two doctors decode the change of life, to the poetic "To My Last Period" in which Lucille Clifton bids farewell to an old friend: "now it is done, and I feel just like the grandmothers who, after the hussy has gone, sit holding her photograph sighing, wasn't she beautiful?
Childhood continues to be a rite of passage. Some things don't change.
The lifemask is a rite of passage for all recipients of the award.