Coming of Age Ceremony
The Coming of Age ceremony can take place twice. First at the age of responsibility at 7 or 8 years old and again when the child turns 13 or 14. These ceremonies mark a changing time in a child’s life when they accept more responsibility, individuate from their parents, make decisions and plans for themselves and embrace maturity.
Without a religious influence, parents are free to get creative with these occasions and can devise ritual to give meaning to the event.
Ceremonies can be simple and take place at home or as part of a group of classmates, neighbours or friends.
As Ireland moves into this new phase of embracing a more diverse, multi-cultural and more equal society it is exciting to see this new, inclusive style of marking life’s milestones.