Virtual ceremonies are important because they allow people to participate in important events from a distance. This can be especially beneficial for people who are unable to attend in person due to health reasons, geographical location, or other factors. Virtual ceremonies can also be more convenient for everyone involved, as they can be accessed from any location with an internet connection.
However, there are also some pitfalls to virtual ceremonies. For one, they can be less personal than in-person ceremonies, which can make them feel less meaningful or special. Additionally, virtual ceremonies can be more difficult to coordinate, as they require technology and internet connectivity to work properly. There may also be technical difficulties that can disrupt the ceremony. Finally, virtual ceremonies may not be suitable for all types of events, such as weddings or graduation ceremonies, where the physical presence of attendees is an important part of the experience.
The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted so many planned events and ceremonies this year that virtual and digital ceremonies have emerged as commonplace occurrences, with thousands of cyber weddings, funerals, and graduations hosted on Zoom, Minecraft, Animal Crossing or any number of other platforms.
Japanese students held a virtual ceremony on Zoom, with students able to virtually walk across the stage to accept their diplomas with remote-controlled robots. A Finnish company created an online Easter table to allow up to 12 people to virtually join together and celebrate the holiday with video chatting. The trend has become so widespread that many governments, such as the state of New York, are removing any regulatory barriers that might impede such ceremonies.