rite of passage

(redirected from rites of passage)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

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
References in periodicals archive ?
Built of wood using traditional techniques, the "old-fashioned house" is a site for rites of passage.
For a study so concerned about issues of identity, William Faulkner and the Rites of Passage oddly suffers from its own identity crisis.
Campers who participate in drama instruction, direct interpersonal skill training, rites of passage activities, and writing workshops develop these skills.
In spite of the presence of many elements common to rites of passage, such as traditional robes, ceremonial structure, and speeches congratulating the students and welcoming them into adulthood, graduation may lack depth of meaning for the students.
Leemon observed in The Rites of Passage in a Student Culture, a 1972 book, such rituals placed "a difficult problem of personal growth into a social context .
The funerary complex at Munich--Riem (p56) by Andreas Meck and Stephan Koppel is a distinguished addition to the modern northern European tradition of buildings that honour rites of passage with quiteness and thoughtfulness.
Karant-Nunn covers parish-level rituals that include the great Gennepian rites of passage, "baptism, marriage, and funerals," (p.
Come explore objects and ceremonies that mark the Jewish rites of passage in Skirball Cultural Center's Life Cycle Gallery at 10 a.
IN HIS RECENT BOOK, CHRISTOPHER LALONDE EXAMINES rites of passage in Faulkner's early fiction.
The change also injects new concepts - like Quinceaneras - into American mainstream, with large stores catering to a universe of cultural habits, religious holidays and rites of passage that stretch way beyond Thanksgiving.
This is one of the first rites of passage toward acceptance into the adult society of women.
Formal and informal male rites of passage loom large in Alain Schnapp's discussion of images of the civic and military formation of youth in Greek city states; augusto Fraschetti's treatment of such Roman republican rituals as donning the toga or participating in festivals, including those with fertility rituals; and Christiane Marchello-Nizia's study of how medieval French literary texts represented the dubbing of knights and other aspects of "courtly chivalry.
type, seems to be growing up - to be starting to have the ability to celebrate rites of passage as well as brute function.
As rites of passage go, it's not difficult, but it is an adventure.