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archilowe (Scots) a treat given in return.
avunculate the custom in some societies of assigning rights and duties to a maternal uncle concerning his sister's son.
baisemain (Fr.) a kiss on the hand.
barhop to visit a number of bars during an evening.
candygram a message accompanied by sweets.
ceremonial of or like ceremony (noun) a ceremonial act, action, or system
ceremonially (Adv.) CEREMONIAL, of or like ceremony.
ceremonious devoted to forms and ceremony.
ceremoniously (Adv.) CEREMONIOUS, devoted to forms and ceremony.
ceremoniousness the state of being ceremonious.
ceremony a formal observance.
chado (Japanese) a tea ceremony.
chanoyo (Japanese) a tea ceremony.
chanoyu (Japanese) a tea ceremony.
clavie a tar barrel burnt for luck at Hogmanay.
consuetudinary customary.
coronation the act or occasion of crowning.
cosplay the practice of dressing up as a fictional character to attend social events.
couvade (Fr.) a custom among some peoples, whereby the husband of a woman giving birth simulates pregnancy and labour.
crossbearer a person who carries a cross in a procession.
etrenne (Fr.) a New Year's gift.
flypast a ceremonial flight analogous to a march past.
folklife the traditions and activities of a certain population.
folkway a traditional way of thinking, feeling or acting.
foreignism anything peculiar to a foreign language or people; a foreign idiom or custom.
gipsyism the arts and practices or habits of gypsies; deception.
guanxi (Chinese) a Chinese social concept based on the exchange of favours.
janney to act as a disguised merrymaker at Christmas.
kadaitcha (Aborig.) in certain Central Australian aboriginal tribes, a man with the mission of avenging the death of a tribesman.
kapu (Hawaiian) a Hawaiian set of rules for daily life.
karanga (Maori) a call or chant of welcome sung by a female elder; (verb) to sing a karanga.
kawa (Maori) protocol or etiquette (in a Maori tribal meeting place).
kotow (Chinese) the prostration made by mandarins and others to their superiors, either as homage or worship, by knocking the forehead on the ground; (verb) to perform a kotow.
kowtow (Chinese) the prostration made by mandarins and others to their superiors, either as homage or worship, by knocking the forehead on the ground; (verb) to perform a kowtow.
kula (Melanesian) a form of ceremonial gift exchange practised among a group of islanders in the W. Pacific used to establish relations between islands.
laureation the act of crowning with laurel; graduation.
libate to make a libation to.
libation an offering of drink.
libationary of or like a libation.
libatory pertaining to libation.
manilla (Spanish) a horseshoe-shaped ring used esp for ceremonial exchanges in parts of W. Africa.
maypole a decorated pole used in a spring celebration.
mecca (Arabic) a place visited by many people.
mekka (Arabic) a place visited by many people.
moko (Maori) a system of tattooing practised by the Maoris.
montem (Lat.) a custom, formerly practised by the scholars at Eton, of going every third year, on Whit Tuesday, to a hillock near the Bath road, and exacting money from passersby, to support at the university the senior scholar of the school.
mores (Lat.) customs, manners.
mummering a Christmas time house-visiting tradition still practiced in Newfoundland and Labrador.
mummery performance by mummers; empty ceremonial.
namaskar (Sanskrit) a traditional Indian salutation, a slight bow with the palms pressed together.
namaste (Sanskrit) a traditional Indian salutation, a slight bow with the palms pressed together.
natalitial of or pertaining to a birthday.
naumachy a mock sea battle, performed as a spectacle among the ancient Romans.
obeisance a bow or curtsey, a paying of homage.
olympiad an international contest in bridge, chess, etc..
pardah (Urdu) seclusion of women from public observation among Muslims and some Hindus.
philippina a present or gift which is made as a forfeit in a social game that is played in various ways; also, the game itself.
philippine a present or gift which is made as a forfeit in a social game that is played in various ways; also, the game itself.
philopena a present or gift which is made as a forfeit in a social game that is played in various ways; also, the game itself.
philopoena a present or gift which is made as a forfeit in a social game that is played in various ways; also, the game itself.
pinata (Spanish) a hollow pottery figure filled with sweets etc. and hung from the ceiling, at a Christmas or other party in Latin America.
pohiri (Maori) a ceremony of welcome, esp to a marae.
powhiri (Maori) a ceremony of welcome, esp to a marae.
puncto (Obs.) a nice point of form or ceremony.
purda (Urdu) seclusion of women from public observation among Muslims and some Hindus.
purdah (Urdu) seclusion of women from public observation among Muslims and some Hindus.
purdahed of a woman, secluded, in purdah.
rainmaking a ceremony designed to bring rain.
rite a ceremonial act or procedure.
riteless without rites.
ritual according to rite (noun) a system of rites
ritualise to make into a ritual.
ritualism regular observance or practice of ritual.
ritualist a believer in ritual.
ritualistic relating to ritualism.
ritualistically (Adv.) RITUALISTIC, relating to ritualism.
ritualize to make into a ritual.
ritually (Adv.) RITUAL, according to rite.
sado (Japanese) a tea ceremony.
salaam (Arabic) a low bow with the palm of the hand on the forehead; (verb) to make a salaam.
skimmington in rural Britain, the old custom of forming a burlesque procession to ridicule an unfaithful husband or nagging wife.
skoal (ON) a drinking toast; good health; (verb) to down a drink in one go as a toast.
stripagram a greetings message delivered by a stripper who does a striptease on delivery.
stripogram a message deliver by a messenger who performs a striptease act for the recipient.
strippagram a greetings message delivered by a stripper who does a striptease on delivery.
subincise to perform subincision, the formation of an opening into the urethra by the incision of the underside of the penis, a puberty rite practised by some tribal people.
subincision the formation of an opening into the urethra by the incision of the underside of the penis, a puberty rite practised by some tribal people.
syssitia (Greek) the ancient Spartan custom of eating the main meal together in public.
talkathon a long talking session.
talkfest (US) an informal meeting for discussion.
tikanga (Maori) usage or custom.
tsantsa (Shuari) among the Jivaro, the shrunken head of an enemy kept as a trophy.
upsitting a sitting up of a woman after her confinement, to receive and entertain her friends.
walkabout (Aust.) a period of wandering in the bush by an Australian Aborigine.
wassail (Hist.) a toast to someone's health; (verb) to go carolling or carousing.
wassailer one who wassails.
wassailry the act of wassailing.
wero (Maori) a challenge made by an armed Maori warrior to a visitor to a marae.