Ritual is defined as something that is characteristic of a rite, practice or observation, particularly of a religion. An example of ritual is the recitation of traditional vows in a Catholic wedding ceremony. A ritual is a sequence of activities involving gestures, words, and objects, performed in a sequestered place, and performed according to set sequence. Rituals may be prescribed by the traditions of a community, including a religious community. Rituals are a feature of all known human societies.