Family Customs and Traditions

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Family Rituals. There are three main types of family rituals:. Rites of passage. Family traditions. Family routines. Rites of Passage. Rites of passage mark a time when a person reaches a new and significant change in his or her life.. ID: 223952 Download Presentation

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Family Customs and Traditions


Family Rituals

There are three main types of family rituals:Rites of passageFamily traditionsFamily routines


Rites of Passage

Rites of passage mark a time when a person reaches a new and significant change in his or her life.They are about TRANSITION


Examples include:

Baby showersNaming ceremoniesChristian baptismBar MitzvahCircumcision EngagementTravellingGoing away to schoolWeddingsFuneralsWake


Family Traditions

This ritual is less about culture and religion because it is unique to individual families.Traditions are inherited or established customs, beliefs, or behaviours passed down from one generation to the next.


Examples include:

Special celebrations for the first day of schoolFamily nightMaking an annual photo album or digital slide show of family celebrationsSunday dinners with extended familyAn annual family photographSleeping under the Christmas tree on Christmas EveVolunteering at a homeless shelter once a month as a family


Family Routines

A researcher studying families discovered this:Children said it was the simply family routines and rituals such as bedtime stories and family meals that they would remember most from their childhoods, not the fancy vacations and celebrations.Routines are: familiar set patterns or habits.


Examples include:

Reading nightly bedtime stories

Regular bedtime

Meal preparation

Creating a family message board


Sharing meal times



family rituals/routines


Routines & Rituals are Healthy

Eat at least two to three family meals together each weekEnforce bedtimes, especially for young childrenGive children a weekly allowance that represents their portion of the family income.Assign children chores that represent their portion of the family labour.


Rituals help how?

Help deal with stress and lossPromote health and healingStrengthen the family by providing understanding, continuity, security, and closeness



With a partner complete the exercise on page 51 to ensure you understand the difference between each of these family rituals. Match the action to the correct family ritual.A – rite of passageB – family traditionC – family routine


Death Rituals

Weddings are joyous occasions and are often rich with cultural rituals and traditions. The death or passing of a family member, although a sad occasion is also marked by rituals across nearly ALL cultures.Let’s watch the video “Death Rituals.”Answer the questions as you watch the video.



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