A CEREMONY (UK : /ˈsɛrɪməni/ , US : /ˈsɛrəˌmoʊni/ ) is an event of ritual significance, performed on a special occasion. The word may be of Etruscan origin, via the Latin caerimonia .
* 1 Ceremonial occasions * 2 Celebration of events * 3 Process * 4 See also * 5 Notes * 6 External links
A ceremony may mark a rite of passage in a human life, marking the significance of, for example:
* birth * initiation (college orientation week ) * puberty * social adulthood (Bar (or Bat) Mitzvah ) * graduation * union (marriage) * awarding * retirement * death ( Day of the Dead ) * burial (funeral ) * spiritual (baptism , communion )
CELEBRATION OF EVENTS
Other, society-wide ceremonies may mark annual or seasonal or recurrent events such as:
* vernal equinox , winter solstice and other annual astronomical positions * weekly Sabbath day * inauguration of an elected office-holder * occasions in a liturgical year or "feasts" in a calendar of saints
* Opening and closing of a sports event, such as the Olympic Games
Other ceremonies underscore the importance of non-regular special occasions, such as:
* coronation of a monarch * victory in battle
In some Asian cultures, ceremonies also play an important social role, for example the tea ceremony .
Ceremonies may have a physical display or theatrical component: dance , a procession , the laying on of hands. A declaratory verbal pronouncement may explain or cap the occasion, for instance:
* I now pronounce you husband and wife. * I swear to serve and defend the nation ... * I declare open the games of ... * I/We dedicate this ... ... to ...
Both physical and verbal components of a ceremony may become part of a liturgy .
* Builders\' rites
* ^ Grimes, Ronald L. (2000). "Ritual". In Willi Braun, Russell T. McCutcheon. Guide to the study of religion. Continuum International Publishing Group. p. 260. ISBN 0304701769 .