There are many rituals in the world that are practiced. A common one that I’ve observed was a religious ceremony known as baptism. Baptism is commonly observed in the Christian religion and almost every denomination of Christianity has some sort of version of it. The symbolism of this particular religion is actually quite important to the religion, as it shows a person who has committed themselves to the religion.
Depending on the church, baptism can occur on any Sunday. However, at least from my experiences, it usually happens on the first and the third Sunday of each month. The ceremony takes most times place inside of the church. It again varies from church to church on whether it takes place in private with the pastor and a few minsters or in front of the entire congregation. For the people who getting baptized, traditionally they are supposed to wear all white while the pastor and the minsters put on their official church robes. The ritual goes as follows; those who are getting baptized get in line in front of a giant tub or body of water (I say this because some churches actually do it in a pond, river, or even a lake). The pastor then says a prayer before they begin, afterwards, each candidate for baptism enters in one at time. When they get in, one or two minsters grab the arms as the pastor ask them if they take Jesus Christ as their lord and savior. If they accept (I’ll be honest, I have never seen anyone decline at this point) then the pastor gives the signal and the minsters then dunk the person into the water for a brief moment, and then bring them back up from the water. That person gets out and dries off as the next person enters. If the ritual is done in front of the congregation, then the congregation remains silent until it is over. Generally the choir would be singing/ humming a quiet hymn as well. Once the last candidate completes the ritual, then the ceremony is over and everyone claps and cheers.
Though this ritual may seem a bit random to someone who is not familiar with it, there is indeed a reason behind why people practice it. Basically it is symbolism of essentially being reborn into the Christian faith. The idea of it is that it is suppose wash away all of the sins that a person has committed in the past is to be washed away by the water, and now that they have a clean slate, they can begin their life with Jesus Christ inside of their hearts. The origin of this ritual was actually a variation off of a couple of different rituals that had the same idea of purification through water. Even in the Old Testament, which is the older part of the bible had a different variation then the one that is practiced today. The key difference though is the inclusion of the deity Jesus Christ in this particular ritual. When analyzing this ceremony, it can be said that it falls in a couple of categories for describing rituals. One is the fact that this is an instrumental rite due to the fact that it is dealing with some sort of deity. Another rite is the rite of passage since it also happens with a group of individuals. The last rite that this falls in but may not be obvious is also a rite of deference. The reason is because, in a since, that is the whole point behind the ceremony. It allows a person to “separate” themselves from society and gives them a chance to try and live a better life with God in it. They do have a status to them, its’s just not typically observed by those outside of the religion.