Coming of Age

Coming of Age

London's different religious and ethnic communities celebrate coming of age in different ways, but many people share the idea that it is important to mark the moment when a child becomes an adult. Along with birth, marriage and death, coming of age can be one of the most important events in the life cycle.

Traditionally, the 21st birthday was considered the turning point between childhood and adulthood. Today, young people tend to celebrate their 18th birthday, or even their 16th, as a more important occasion.

Among religious communities, coming of age may involve a ceremony at which young people affirm their religious faith in the presence of their family and friends. They take on the responsibilities of adulthood, formally becoming full members of the community. Usually, there is also some kind of celebration to mark the occasion.

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