The role of a ceremony is to ‘make it special as a rite of passage’, recognising the importance of an event to individual people and their communities. There are also many ceremonies in many cultures which seek to recognise stage of life transitions beyond those of birth, marriage, and death.
Coming-of-age ceremonies celebrate the transition of a young person from childhood into the world of adult responsibility;
Healing ceremonies can help to resolve differences between individuals and/or between communities;
Parting Ceremonies can help to ease the transition of divorce for family and friends;
Other Ceremonies on national holiday occasions can be recognised as markers of natural events in the form of the solstice, equinox and significant anniversaries etc.