Religious Ceremonies that Mark Milestones in Life

May 24, 2003

Source: The Buffalo News

On May 24, 2003 The Buffalo News reported on "the first of a four-part series, published on consecutive Saturdays, describing some of the religious ceremonies practiced by different faiths to mark four major milestones in life -- birth, coming of age, marriage and death... Phil Stevens, an associate professor in the anthropology department of the University at Buffalo says that rituals welcoming newborns are 'extremely widespread" worldwide...'" The article then provides examples for a bris, a baptism, and a Muslim aqiqa.