What religion celebrates Ramadan? Why do Apaches Indians hold sunrise ceremonies? How do boys’ and girls’ initiation ceremonies differ in Africa? This book investigates the ways in which children become adults in various religions and cultures around the world. Coming of age is usually celebrated between the ages of 12 and 21. Religious ceremonies, such as confirmation and bat mitzvah, and initiation rites, such as the Latin-American celebration for girls called quinceañera, are explored.
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What are rites of passage? Holy Communion and confirmation Entering a Buddhist Monastery Muslim Hatum ceremony African initiation ceremonies Native american sunrise ceremony Aborininal puberty rituals Jewish Bar and Bat Mitzvah Hindu Upanayana ceremony Quinceanera Japanese coming-of-age day New rituals from old Growing up, moving on.