We don't have many road maps for growing ourselves up gracefully in our contemporary western culture. And so we are often left on our own to struggle with questions such as 'What does it mean that I'm becoming a woman?' and 'How will I know I've arrived?' The ceremonies outlined below are designed to fill some of this gap.
A private ceremony for the girl starting her passage to womanhood. Often celebrated with her mother and one or two mature women from her intimate circle.
This ceremony honours the awesome maturation process at work in the girl's being as she ripens towards full womanhood - body, mind and soul. A budding ceremony can be performed to honour the onset of menstruation (menarche) and/or as a celebration of reaching the 'teen' years.
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A joyful celebration of blossoming womanhood, for the young woman and her chosen guests.
How often in our lives do we get to be the centre of positive attention and admiration? This ceremony is an opportunity for the young woman to get dressed up in all her finery and be made a fuss of as she is ritually blessed and welcomed into the circle of women.
This 'coming of age' ceremony acknowledges a growing freedom - the freedom to make our own choices and decisions about we want for ourselves, about how we share the gift that we are with intimate others and the wider world - and the corresponding responsibilities that we as women hold, for our own wellbeing and that of the world around us.
As she stands on the threshold from girlhood to womanhood, the young woman is given the opportunity to recognise and value the gifts and challenges of her past as she says a final farewell to childhood, and to say thank you to the special people who have nurtured her unfolding body and spirit to this point.
Once she has symbolically stepped over the threshold into womanhood, the young woman is blessed with good wishes for her onward journey and given symbolic gifts to represent some of the qualities that may help her to find her own way forward into the unknown future that lies before her.
The ceremony generally concludes with dancing, feasting and general merriment!
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