These rituals are taking place all across America tonight, as young people of all races, ethnicities, and creeds participate in that fascinating high school rite of passage: Prom Night!
Just where did prom come from? Mental Floss has a succinct overview of the origins of prom. They started out as rather humble events designed to instill social skills and etiquette in uncouth youth. So it's not surprising that you find similar events in many other cultures across the world. And even, apparently, the underworld.