rite of passage
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- (anthropology) a ceremony or series of ceremonies, often very ritualized, to celebrate a transition in a person’s life. Baptisms, bar mitzvahs, weddings and funerals are among the best known examples.
- After John officially attained his majority, Robert bought him his first legal beer. This is a common American rite of passage.
ceremony to celebrate a transition