Dating a girl four years older
The sacrament is usually performed in a church once a year, with children who are of age receive a blessing from a Bishop in a special ceremony.
It is traditional in many countries for Catholic girls to wear white dresses and possibly a small veil or wreath of flowers in their hair to their First Communion. Many coming-of-age ceremonies are to acknowledge the passing of a girl through puberty, when she experiences menarche, or her first menstruation.
By the 18th century, Europeans recognized the value of literacy, and schools were opened to educate the public in growing numbers.
Where women enjoy a more equal status with men, girls benefit from greater attention to their needs.Many cultures have traditional customs to mark the "coming of age" of a girl or boy, to recognize their transition to adulthood, or to mark other milestones of their journey to maturity as children.Japan has a coming-of-age ritual called Shichi-Go-San (七五三), which literally means "Seven-Five-Three".In Europe, exceptions were rare before the printing press and the Reformation made literacy more widespread.One notable exception to the general neglect of girls' literacy is Queen Elizabeth I.