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Guide to Conduct and Ceremony

Part 2. Formalities concerning Family Affairs

Chapter 3. Entering into Adulthood

Section 1. About Entering into Adulthood

We say that boys and girls become adults when they arrive at the age of becoming citizens. What we call entering into adulthood is the development from the infant, who has no independent self‐power after being born, to self‐reliant adults who have developed physically and with vigor to their betterment. This becomes possible because of the great grace of heaven and earth and the grace of parents, who gave birth to and raised the child. This becomes possible, also, thanks to the extensive benefits of fellow beings and the protection of laws. The young adult forms an independent character as part of the family, of the society and of the nation. A ceremony for entering into adulthood congratulates the person on becoming an adult and, in this ceremony, the new adult is endowed with all of society's obligations and rights and is encouraged to lead an independent life and show gratitude with an altruistic mind.