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A wedding is a kind of ceremony.

A ceremony is an activity performed at a special time usually with according seriousness. Ceremonies may be done to celebrate an event or rite of passage.

Celebration of life

A ceremony may mark a rite of passage in a person's job or life, showing how important it is. Examples:

Government ceremonies

Sometimes, a ceremony may only be done by certain people. A wedding is done by a priest or a Civil Celebrant. The President of the United States is sworn in by the Chief Justice of the United States at his or her inauguration. The British monarch is usually made king or queen by the Archbishop of Canterbury at his or her coronation.

Celebration of events

Other ceremonies may mark yearly events like:

In Asian cultures, ceremonies are also important, for example the tea ceremony.