new fire ceremony

variants: or less commonly new fire

Definition of new fire ceremony

: a ceremony that recurs in many cultures, is symbolic of new life, the new year, or rebirth, and involves the extinguishing of all household fires and their rekindling on the hearths from a newly kindled ceremonial fire

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History and Etymology for new fire ceremony

new fire ceremony from new fire (from new entry 1 + fire) + ceremony

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“New fire ceremony.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2020.

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