ceremonial occasion

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Noun1.ceremonial occasion - a formal event performed on a special occasionceremonial occasion - a formal event performed on a special occasion; "a ceremony commemorating Pearl Harbor"
social function, social occasion, occasion, affair, function - a vaguely specified social event; "the party was quite an affair"; "an occasion arranged to honor the president"; "a seemingly endless round of social functions"
circumstance - formal ceremony about important occasions; "pomp and circumstance"
funeral - a ceremony at which a dead person is buried or cremated; "hundreds of people attended his funeral"
hymeneals, nuptials, wedding, wedding ceremony - the social event at which the ceremony of marriage is performed
pageantry, pageant - a rich and spectacular ceremony
dedication - a ceremony in which something (as a building) is dedicated to some goal or purpose
opening - a ceremony accompanying the start of some enterprise
commemoration, memorialisation, memorialization - a ceremony to honor the memory of someone or something
military ceremony - a formal ceremony performed by military personnel
induction, initiation, installation - a formal entry into an organization or position or office; "his initiation into the club"; "he was ordered to report for induction into the army"; "he gave a speech as part of his installation into the hall of fame"
exercise - (usually plural) a ceremony that involves processions and speeches; "academic exercises"
fire walking - the ceremony of walking barefoot over hot stones or a bed of embers
formalities, formality - a requirement of etiquette or custom; "a mere formality"
Maundy - a public ceremony on Maundy Thursday when the monarch distributes Maundy money
potlatch - a ceremonial feast held by some Indians of the northwestern coast of North America (as in celebrating a marriage or a new accession) in which the host gives gifts to tribesmen and others to display his superior wealth (sometimes, formerly, to his own impoverishment)
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Despite typically large numbers of security personnel for the ceremonial occasion, eyewitnesses say the attackers were able to keep shooting for well over a minute.
It would overshadow anything the Queen would say and relegate the state opening to being a ceremonial occasion.
Assorted fashionistas were left admiring Camilla's thrifty wardrobe management after she recycled her wedding outfit to attend Tuesday's ceremonial occasion at the Senedd - that is, those that weren't aghast at her defiance of that golden rule of red carpet fashion: not to wear an extravagantly expensive item more than once for fear of having ruthless picture editors mark the occasion with images of both instances.
Yesterday afternoon the grounds of Alnwick Castle became the stage for the golden ceremonial occasion, which included a fly-past by one of the station's own Sea King search-and-rescue helicopters.
It's believed to be the first time in 10 years that Fergie's attended a ceremonial occasion with the royals and clearly she's forgotten the sacred "less is more" dress code.
Devoted Mason, 55, has helped to plan almost every royal ceremonial occasion involving the military, including the Queen Mother's funeral.
If agreement cannot be reached a full debate will have to take place at what is traditionally a ceremonial occasion for the installation of the new Mayor.
Trooping the Colour is social as well as a ceremonial occasion and in the stands overlooking the parade ground were the wives, girlfriends and parents of the guardsmen and officers on parade.
Every year, more than 100 couples wait all year along for this ceremonial occasion, which marks a milestone in their lives.