CEREMONY meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary.
a wedding / graduation ceremony. We weren't' married in church, but we had a civil ceremony in a registry office. The Olympics climaxed in a spectacular closing ceremony. The glittering ceremony conjured up images of Russia's' imperial past. Several foreign dignitaries attended the ceremony.
It is in the ceremony that groups of people come together. It is in the ceremony that they make compacts, that they recognise achievement, that they assert identity, that they established connections, that they declare love, that they pay tribute, that they express grief.