n. a traditional rite performed to welcome a child, not only to the world, but also to the family and community. This is religiously practiced in Islam, among Jews, and in families in the East. Western society also has such rites in the form of baptism and circumcision. See rite of passage.

BIRTH RITE: "The birth rite is a sacred ceremony embraced by both family and culture."
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