Rite of Passage
Van Gennep, 1909
All the ceremonial patterns which accompany a passage from one situation to another or from one cosmic or social world to another.
Van Gennep, Arnold. The Rites of Passage. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1984 :10.
Recurring social mechanisms that a society provides for the orderly transitions in its social relationships that serve as revitalizations and comprise a series of events that include rituals and ceremonies.
Leemon, Thomas A. The rites of passage in a student culture: A study of the dynamics of transition. Teachers College Press, 1972:1