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Encyclopedia > Opening ceremony
Part of the ceremony of the Changing of the Guard in Whitehall, London.
Part of the ceremony of the Changing of the Guard in Whitehall, London.

A ceremony is an activity, infused with ritual significance, performed on a special occasion. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1283x1638, 412 KB) Part of the ceremony of the Changing of the Guard in Whitehall, London, England. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1283x1638, 412 KB) Part of the ceremony of the Changing of the Guard in Whitehall, London, England. ... A ritual is a set of actions, performed mainly for their symbolic value, which is prescribed by a religion or by the traditions of a community. ...

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Celebration of life

Traditionally, a ceremony may mark a rite of passage in a personal human career, marking the significance of (for example): A rite of passage is a ritual that marks a change in a persons social or sexual status. ... Look up Career in Wiktionary, the free dictionary A career is traditionally seen as a course of successive situations that make up a persons worklife. ...

In certain circumstrances a ceremony may only be performed by a person with certain authorities. For example, the opening of Parliament is controlled by the Speaker of the House. Tha naming and launching of a war ship will be under the supervision of its Captain or a higher ranked naval officer. A wedding will be performed by a priest or a Civil Celebrant, as in Australia. Childbirth (also called labo(u)r, birth, partus or parturition) is the culmination of a human pregnancy with the emergence of a newborn infant from its mothers uterus. ... Coming from the Latin, initiation implies a beginning. ... Puberty refers to the process of physical changes by which a childs body becomes an adult body capable of reproduction. ... The term adult describes any mature organism, but normally it refers to a human: one that is no longer a child / minor and is now either a man or a woman. ... Academic procession during the University of Canterbury graduation ceremony. ... The examples and perspective in this article or section may not represent a worldwide view. ... Death is the cessation of physical life in a living organism, or the state of the organism after that event. ... Underwater funeral in Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea from an edition with drawings by Alphonse de Neuville and Edouard Riou. ...


Celebration of events

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: An equinox in astronomy is the moment when the Sun passes over the equator. ... Diagram of the Earths seasons Solstice is an astronomical term regarding the position of the Sun in relation to the earths equator. ... This article concerns the Sabbath in Christianity. ... An inauguration is a ceremony of formal investiture whereby an individual assumes an office or position of authority or power. ... The liturgical year, also known as the Christian year, consists of the cycle of liturgical seasons in some Christian churches which determines when Feasts, Memorials, Commemorations, and Solemnities are to be observed and which portions of Scripture are to be read. ... The calendar of saints is a traditional Christian method of organising a liturgical year on the level of days by associating each day with one or more saints, and referring to the day as the saints day of that saint. ...

In Asian cultures, ceremonies also play an important role. In particular, the tea ceremony of several East Asian cultures is very well known. The coronation of Empress Farah, of Iran in 1967. ... Look up monarch in Wiktionary, the free dictionary A monarch (see sovereign) is a type of ruler or head of state. ... The Battle of Waterloo by William Sadler. ... A tea ceremony is a ritualised form of making tea. ... Geographic scope of East Asia East Asia is a subregion of Asia that can be defined in either geographical or cultural terms. ...


Process

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 occasion, for instance: This article does not cite its references or sources. ... For other uses, see Dance (disambiguation). ... A procession (M. Eng. ...

  • 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. From the Greek word λειτουργια, which can be transliterated as leitourgia, meaning the work of the people, a liturgy comprises a prescribed religious ceremony, according to the traditions of a particular religion; it may refer to, or include, an elaborate formal ritual (such as the Catholic Mass), a daily activity such...


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2000 Summer Olympics - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (2441 words)
The opening ceremony began with a tribute to the heritage of the Australian Stock Horse, with the arrival of a lone rider, Steve Jefferys, whose Australian Stock Horse Ammo reared.
The opening ceremony concluded with the lighting of the Olympic Flame.
The English-language announcer for the Opening Ceremony was Australia actor John Stanton, while the Channel 7 narrator for the Indigenous section of the Opening Ceremony was Australian Indigenous actor Ernie Dingo.
2006 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (2832 words)
The Opening Ceremony of the 2006 Winter Olympics (Torino 2006) was held on February 10, 2006 beginning at 20:00 CET (19:00 UTC) at the Stadio Olimpico in Turin, Italy.
The opening ceremony was the last one to be held outdoors for a Winter Olympics until the 2014 Winter Olympics as the opening ceremony for the 2010 Winter Olympics will be held indoors.
The ceremony was attended by 35,000 spectators with the presence of numerous international and Italian guests on the stage and heads of state and government on the stands.
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