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First Communion in Mexico City, Mexico. The First Communion is not the same rite as the Confirmation, which is the subject of this article. Children of 7-8 years old (as depicted here) typically receive their First Communion, whereas young teens of 13-14, who have already received Communion, typically receive their Confirmation.

Coming of age is a young person's transition from being a child to being an adult. It continues through the teenage years of life. The specific age at which this transition takes place varies between societies, as does the nature of the change. It can be a simple legal convention or can be part of a ritual or spiritual event, as practiced by many societies. In the past, and in some societies today, such a change is associated with the age of (early adolescence). In others, it is associated with an age of religious responsibility. Particularly in western societies, modern legal conventions which stipulate points in late adolescence or early adulthood (most commonly 17-21 when adolescents are generally no longer considered minors and are granted the full rights and responsibilities of an adult) are the focus of the transition. In either case, many cultures retain ceremonies to confirm the coming of age, and coming-of-age stories are a well established sub genre in literature, film industry and even comics.

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Kids robot.svg In Spanish: Transición a la adultez para niños

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