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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 _.

CONTENTS

* 1 Ceremonial occasions * 2 Celebration of events * 3 Process * 4 See also * 5 Notes * 6 External links

CEREMONIAL OCCASIONS

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 .

PROCESS

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 .

SEE ALSO

* Builders\' rites * Ceremonial dance * Cornerstone * Event planning * Gift * Groundbreaking ceremony * Human condition * Liturgy * Opening ceremony * Ribbon cutting ceremony * Rite of passage * Tjurunga * Topping out (when the last beam is placed at the top of a building). * Worship

NOTES

* ^ 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 .

EXTERNAL

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