Definitions for "Rite of passage"
a ritual that marks a change in a person's social or sexual status. Rites of passage are often celebratory ceremonies (varying widely according to the culture) surrounding events such as childbirth, menarche or other milestones within puberty, confirmation, Bar mitzvah and Bat mitzvah, proms, weddings, etc. (Cohabitation is not commonly recognized as a rite of passage and thus omits this commonly recognized growth/development step into adulthood.) Second Virginity - (also called "Second-Generation Virginity") A reclaimation of virginity. A decision to become abstinent and remain pure again until the time is right without shuffling the past under the carpet and lying to your partner. Physical virginity may be lost, but it is more than just a physical state. It’s an attitude, a frame of mind. It’s manifested in the way one looks at themself and others. It is a change bad habits and heal past wounds and save sex for marriage. (See Sutter Health Network or the web page on this site " Cohabitants")
a ritual performed in some cultures at times when a individual changes his status (as from adolescence to adulthood)
a ceremony held by nearly all societies to observe a person's entry into a new stage of life
a set of symbol-laden actions by means of which one passes through a dangerous zone, negotiating it safely and memorably
an opportunity to come together with other women in sacred space in order to honour these times of deep transformation
Keywords:  gift, life, time
a gift of a life-time