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Rites of Passage

BIRTH
One of the most enduring customs at the time of birth is for the father to celebrate by distributing cigars – including to those in the hospital waiting room! In this day and age where smoking is restricted the custom has all but disappeared.

CHRISTENING
A Christian religious ceremony where the child is given an additional name, usually of a saint.
Baptism. A Christian ceremony where the child is officially received into the faith. It is usually celebrated with gifts and a meal for close family and friends. Some cultures, especially Italian, make it a major event.

BAT OR BAR MITZVAH
The coming of age at 13 for Jewish children.

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL
Time was when the first day was a party to welcome (and settle down) the young children being separated from their mother’s care.

GRADUATION FROM SCHOOL
Usually a ceremony staged by the educational institution. There is sometimes gift-giving associated with graduation. (where’s my car, dude?)

SWEET 16
This is a celebration that seems to have disappeared. Essentially it was a blessing of girls turning 16 years and possibly dates back to when they were ‘ripe’ and available for marriage.

21ST BIRTHDAY
This birthday was once the major turning point into adulthood however its significance has declined in recent years because children get ‘the key of the front door’ at a much earlier age. In times gone past the birthday was celebrated with a large key-shaped cake and accompanied by the singing of ‘She’s got the key of the door, never been twenty-one before’ etc

ENGAGEMENT
The engagement to be wed is celebrated by a party and some gift giving. It is usually a relaxed affair with some speeches. It is usually held at a home rather than a function centre.

HEN’S AND BUCK’S NIGHTS
The traditional ‘last stand’ party and accompanied by various pranks and customs. One major element of the buck’s night is to embarrass the groom and stories abound of men being chained, naked, to city pots etc. The Hen’s Night these days is more likely to be held in a karaoke bar or a club where a male stripper performs.

WEDDING
This rite is associated with many customs and traditions and I direct readers to my mini-book on the folklore of the wedding. (see site menu: books on line)
Commitment ceremony. In this ever-changing world it is not uncommon for couples, including homosexual couples, to participate in a ceremony of commitment.


30TH BIRTHDAY
This is a major birthday.

SCHOOL REUNION
A gathering of ex-students and usually held 15 years, 25 years and 35 years after graduation.

40TH BIRTHDAY
This appears to be the major birthday for most Australians. This might have something to do with the fact that around the 40 mark most of us need reassurance. It is the time when the majority of ‘mid life crisis’ problems become apparent.
50th also known as ‘The Big One’ – the ‘big 5-0’
Naming of boat. For affluent Sydneysiders the naming of their boat is an opportunity for celebration.

RENEWAL OF VOWS
a commitment ceremony for couples

SILVER WEDDING
– 25 years of partnership

60TH BIRTHDAY
a big birthday however many Australians prefer to keep their mouths shut on this one. I certainly am!

100TH BIRTHDAY
you get a letter from the Queen!

DEATH.