Encyclopedia > Ceremony

  Article Content


A ceremony is an activity, infused with ritual significance, performed on a certain occasion. For example, the Japanese tea ceremony was frequently held as a ritual of hospitality at the arrival of a guest.

Traditionally, a ceremony may mark a rite of passage in a personal human career, marking the significance of (for example):

Other, society-wide ceremonies may mark annual or seasonal or recurrent events like:

Yet other ceremonies underscore the importance of irregular special occasions, such as:

Often ceremonies have a physical display or theatrical component: dance, a procession[?], the laying on of hands. But even greater importance usually attaches to a declaratory verbal pronouncement which may explain or cap the mummery, for instance:

  • I now pronounce you man and wife.
  • Happy New Year!
  • I swear to serve and defend the nation ...

Both physical and verbal components of a ceremony may become part of a liturgy.

All Wikipedia text is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License

  Search Encyclopedia

Search over one million articles, find something about almost anything!
  Featured Article
Northampton, Suffolk County, New York

... non-families. 20.3% of all households are made up of individuals and 5.7% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.96 and ...

This page was created in 41.6 ms