Why do Hindus wear white to funerals?
White is associated with spirituality, truth and above all Purity. So, it is somewhat related to all sacred things. Hence all wear white to show respect for the departed on the occasion.
Hindus believe that after a person is dead his soul is at peace and is free from all material and worldly desires. So to represent this idea Hindus wear white to funerals.
BUT, please note that it is not just Hindus that wear White. As part of the common culture in the Indian subcontinent, people from Most Religions wear white to show respect at funerals or other ceremonies.
Hindus believe that after a person is dead his soul is at peace and is free from all material and worldly desires. So to represent this idea Hindus wear white to funerals.
BUT, please note that it is not just Hindus that wear White. As part of the common culture in the Indian subcontinent, people from Most Religions wear white to show respect at funerals or other ceremonies.
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For men, a dark suit, nice shoes (not sneakers, leather preferably) and a plain tie, preferably dark colored. For women, a dark dress, not too tight and not short, high heels if you can use them, nylons, and some churches request that women wear a hat or scarf. For both men and women, remember …that it's SUPPOSED to be about the deceased; you shouldn't be wearing something that draws attention to you, you shouldn't be trying to impress anyone with how hot you can look. (MORE)
1. Dress-code. In Hindu tradition one dresses down for a funeral.The traditional colour of mourning is white so one should attend acremation dressed in simple white clothes - the close femalerelatives should have their hair loose - not tied back. 2. Impurity. Everything associated with death and dyi…ng is rituallypolluting therefore one should if possible wash one's hands andfeet and sprinkle water on one's head before leaving the cemetery.One should have a shower immediately upon returning home and theclothes that were worn to the cremation are immediately washed. 3. No food or drink is consumed until the post cremation bathinghas taken place. 4. Those attending a Hindu funeral should not bring flowers oranything else with them - one comes empty-handed. 5. One should not exchange greetings with the official mourners,one can nod in sympathy, hug or touch but not ask after theirwellbeing - the least said the better. 6. One bids farewell to the deceased by either offering flowersinto the open coffin or pouring some grains of rice over the mouthof the deceased. 7. The coffin is circumambulated in an anti-clockwise direction 8. If one is younger than the deceased then one should prostrate. 9. After the cremation one usually goes to either the bank of ariver or the sea-shore and sits in silence for a while before goinghome. (MORE)
Hindus wear dresses for worshiping and any kind of clothing depending on the time and day. Hindus wear anything they feel like wearing (and some Hindus don't wear anything). It all depends on the particualr Hindu. There is nothing that a Hindu is required to wear. Hindus wear anything they feel like…. Some Hindus don't wear anything at all. It all depends on the Hindu in question. (MORE)
They Hindu's worship the loss and wish them well into the afterlife.. What they do is they all dress in white, to symbolise purity and then the burn the body. firstly the body is sprinkled with waters from the Ganges. Then burnt. the ash left is then put in a pot and a ceremony next to the Ganges i…tself takes place before the ash and pot is put into the water. (MORE)
It is not a normal custom in US. Two tragic exceptions might be the death of a child, or a Bride .
There are no rules on what to wear to a funeral but it is customary to dress up in a modest way (no shorts / mini skirts and no sleeveless shirts) Most Jewish people will wear dark colours at a funeral.
Hindu God of death is Yama. I am not sure if there is one for funeral.
Hindu women wear a lot of types of clothes and ornaments. What are you referring to. You might want to elaborate by describing what they wear. You might want to keep in mind that different cultures in India have different dressing style.
There may be different dress codes in different cultures. However, in most cases, people wear sober coloured clothes, preferably whites. Since, it is a time for mourning, no one is really concerned about what you wear but if you wear a party dress for a funeral, it sure might raise some eyebrows.
There aren't any similarities as Hindus are cremated, while many Christians are buried. They only time when Hindus are cremated if the dead person is a child or a sage. Anyway, the prayers, the people who conduct the funeral are also different.
Go to Hot Topic and buy anything that has black lace all over it.. Black pantyhose(if yer a chick). Black dress. Black hat thingy. black shoes. black black black. unless you want to be cool and wear like bright pink
Hindu funerals are different from western funerals. During Hindufunerals flowers are not welcomed during the services. It willannoy the family and those who are performing the service.
For small children the most important consideration should be that it be comfortable to wear. The situation is already strange and uncomfortable enough for them without their clothes adding to the problem. For older children you can think of something more formal; but it doesn't have to be dress sui…ts and ties. Teens will probably want to dress as adults. (MORE)
Flowers should not be sent to a Hindu funeral. If a friend wishesto send flowers, it is best to send them after the funeral andcremation, so they are not part of the ceremony. Hindis' use Tulsi,a relative of Basil at the funeral. This is used to pass healthbenefits on to the dead before their next l…ife begins. The lotus isan important and sacred flower and it is linked to good health andvirility. Family members may place lotus flowers and Tulsi over thebody of the deceased. (MORE)
Buddhism has adapted to different cultures in different places; it did not start out with any particular rituals around death -- since it was an anti-ritual sort of religion. However, different cultures have different customs. If attending a funeral of an American Buddhist you should wear what Ameri…cans wear to funerals. Aside from that, you would be wise to ask a member of the family, the Buddhist group, or a close friend of the deceased for advice. (MORE)
Based on my knowledge, I only know that if you are Christian, that means that you don't believe in God.For Hindu, I have no experience with that so I am very sorry.
they wear white clothes. first they have the body in there house and they do prayers to bless there soul then they take the body and put it on a woods and put more woods on top and then they burn it
The Buddha did not prescribe any rules for this, and so it variesfrom country to country. However, it is common for Buddhists towear white clothes to funerals.
You can wear anything that is not flashy or revaling. Maybe cut down on the jewllry and loud lipstick. something very simple
Close family and loved ones wished the body well. The body would be cremated and thrown into a river, so the funeral would usually take place on a funeral pyre near a river. Hindus believed that the River Ganges was a great place to throw ashes as they believed that if you were thrown in the Ganges,… you might get Moksha. (MORE)
Cremation became popular due to the belief that the soul cannot enter a new body until its former one has totally disappeared, and cremation was considered the fastest way to expeditiously dispose of the dead bodies.. The funeral proceedings differ from place to place. Further, the rites also diffe…r depending on the caste, jÄti, social group, and the status of the deceased person. (MORE)
Hindus believe in reincarnation and view death as the soul moving from one body to the next on its path to reach Nirvana, heaven. Death is a sad occasion, but Hindu priests emphasise the route ahead for the departed soul and a funeral is as much a celebration as a remembrance service. Hindus crem…ate their dead, believing that the burning of a dead body signifies the release of the spirit and that the flames represent Brahma, the creator. Family members will pray around the body as soon as possible after death. People will try to avoid touching the corpse as it is considered polluting. The corpse is usually bathed and dressed in white, traditional Indian clothes. If a wife dies before her husband she is dressed in red bridal clothes. If a woman is a widow she will be dressed in white or pale colours. The funeral procession may pass places of significance to the deceased, such as a building or street. Prayers are said here and at the entrance to the crematorium. The body is decorated with sandalwood, flowers and garlands. Scriptures are read from the Vedas or Bhagavad Gita. The chief mourner, usually the eldest son or male, will light some kindling and circle the body, praying for the wellbeing of the departing soul. After the cremation, the family may have a meal and offer prayers in their home. Mourners wash and change completely before entering the house after the funeral. A priest will visit and purify the house with spices and incense. This is the beginning of the 13-day mourning period when friends will visit and offer their condolences. Often, a garland of dried or fake flowers is placed around a photograph of the deceased to show respect for their memory. 'Shradh' is practiced one year after the death of the person. This can either be an annual event or a large one-off event. This is the Hindu practice of giving food to the poor in memory of the deceased. A priest will say prayers for the deceased and during this time, usually lasting one month, the family will not buy any new clothes or attend any parties. Sons are responsible for carrying out Shradh. (MORE)
Tangent equals Opposite over Adjacent. Enough Math, it does happen. as White is associated with Grace and purity- it has a spiritual component- White Dove, for example. Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands was given a White Funeral- the various overt coverings and drapings, etc were all in White, and… she was laid out in a White Dress, naturally. There have been several cases of famous women- the former Empress Carlotta, for example and Queen Sophia of Sweden, who were buried in their wedding gowns, both in the senior citizen age bracket. So there are varieties at both ends of the scale black and white. (MORE)
okay basely if you are wearing black you are sending off bad energy to the dead body that is in the room , white sends off good energy , wearing black is against the religion but no one really nows because the stupid Christan people tired to change the Hindu belief
Hindus wear anything they feel like. Some Hindus don't wear anything at all. It all depends on the Hindu in question.
No real reason, but normallyt he costume of Mourning is black- however one wears a white shirt with a Black or even Navy Blue suit jacket- so there is already some contrast. White garments ARE often worn by the deceased, a classic example being Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands, who was given a wh…ite funeral. all of the trappings were in white, including the Dress the Queen was buried in. Wilhelmina died in l962 and was buried on either December 7 or 8 th so it is an apropriate question, today being the seventh. (MORE)
Male relatives of the deceased shave their heads after a funeral orcremation as a sign of respect to the dead person. Typically, theeldest or youngest son participates in this tradition.
For a guy, a suit coat, white long sleeve shirt and nice pants with dress shoes, a belt and maybe a tie. For a girl, wear a black dress or a white shirt and longer black skirt with nylons, nice shoes (if possible, not heels) and maybe a simple necklace. You will want to a gray/black/white theme… because often colors can look garish and too happy at a funeral.. just very formal lack/white (MORE)
The funerals are done at the cremation grounds provided in each village and town outside the dwellings.
The cremation of bodies or the Funeral ceremony in Hindu Religion is called Untyeyashti Sanskaar - the last of the Sixteen Sanskaars ( prescribed Rituals) observed by Hindus in their lifetime to be observed by every Hindu. It is a kind of Yagya or Havan which is performed in fire. Since this is… also believed to be Yagya and like other oblations the mortals are consigned to fire and the Cremation Ceremony is performed with recitation of sermons. These days the cremations are done in Electric Furnaces as well but still the percentage of such cremations is small (MORE)
Well, it depends on the culture. America generally wears black, because it is a somber color. In India, they wear white to funerals, because white represents mourning in their culture. I personally like black with a bit of white somewhere.
Answer1 it is ash from incense candles. I'm actually unsure of why they where it or of it's origins.. Answer2 Yes its ash but it's obtained from solid matter (usually wood) not wax representing the final end of any creature when it is burnt. It symbolizes "NOTHING IS PERMANENT IN THIS WORLD,… EXCEPT GOD" (MORE)
Chinese traditionally wear white clothes at funeral, nowadays they also wear black in such occasions. The color red is for happy events, especially for weddings and other celebrations.. The burial of the dead is a very serious matter in Chinese societies. Improper funeral arrangements can cause bad… fortune upon the family of the deceased. Chinese funeral rites and burial customs are determined by the age, the manner of the death, the status and position in society and the marital status of the deceased. According to Chinese custom, an older person should not show respect to a younger. Thus, if the deceased is a young bachelor his body cannot be brought home but is left in a funeral parlour. His parents cannot offer prayers for their son: being unmarried he has no children to perform these rites either. If a baby or child dies no funeral rites are performed, as respect cannot be shown to a younger person: the child is buried in silence. Preparations for a funeral often begin before death has occurred. When a death occurs in a family all statues of deities in the house are covered with red paper and mirrors removed from sight, as it is believed that one who sees the reflection of a coffin in a mirror will shortly have a death in their own family. A white cloth will be hung across the doorway of the house and a gong placed on the left of the entrance if the deceased is male and right if female. Before being placed in the coffin, the corpse is cleaned with a damp towel, dusted with talcum powder and dressed in their best clothes. The body is completely dressed, including footwear, and cosmetics if female, but it is not dressed in red clothes (as this will cause the corpse to become a ghost): white, black, brown or blue are the usual colours used. Before being placed in the coffin the corpse's face is covered with a yellow cloth and the body with a light blue one. The wake The coffin is placed on its own stand either in the house, if the person has died at home, or in the courtyard outside the house, if the person has died away from home. The coffin is placed with the head of the deceased facing the inside of the house resting about a foot from the ground on two stools, and wreaths, gifts and a portrait or photograph of the deceased are placed at the head of the coffin. The coffin is not sealed during the wake. Food is placed in front of the coffin as an offering to the deceased. The deceased's comb will be broken into halves, one part placed in the coffin, one part retained by the family. During the wake, the family does not wear jewellery or red clothing; red is the colour of happiness. Traditionally, children and grandchildren of the deceased did not cut their hair for forty-nine days after the date of death, but this custom is usually only observed now by the older generations of Chinese. It is customary for blood relatives and daughters-in-law to wail and cry during mourning as a sign of respect and loyalty to the deceased. Wailing is particularly loud if the deceased has left a large fortune. At the wake, the family of the deceased gathers around the coffin, positioned according to their order in the family. Special clothing is worn: children and daughters in law wear black (signifying that they grieve the most), grandchildren blue and great grandchildren light blue. Sons-in-law wear brighter colours such as white, as they are considered outsiders. The children and daughters-in-law also wear a hood of sackcloth over their heads. The eldest son sits at the left shoulder of his parent and the deceased's spouse at the right. Later-arriving relatives must crawl on their knees towards the coffin. An altar, upon which burning incense and a lit white candle are placed, is placed at the foot of the coffin. Joss paper and prayer money, to provide the deceased with sufficient income in the afterlife, are burned continuously throughout the wake. Funeral guests are required to light incense for the deceased and to bow as a sign of respect to the family. There will also be a donation box, as money is always offered as a sign of respect to the family of the deceased: it will also help the family defray the costs of the funeral. During the wake there will usually be seen a group of people gambling in the front courtyard of the deceased's house: the corpse has to be 'guarded' and gambling helps the guards stay awake during their vigil; it also helps to lessen the grief of the participants. The length of the wake depends upon the financial resources of the family, but is at least a day to allow time for prayers to be offered. While the coffin is in the house a monk will chant verses from Buddhist or Taoist scriptures at night. It is believed that the souls of the dead face many obstacles and even torments and torture, for the sins they have committed in life, before they are allowed to take their place in the afterlife: prayers, chanting and rituals offered by the monks help to smooth the passage of the deceased's soul into heaven. These prayers are accompanied by music played on the gong, flute and trumpet. Funeral ceremony When the prayer ceremonies are over the wailing of the mourners reaches a crescendo and the coffin is nailed shut. The sealing represents the separation of the dead from the living. Yellow and white 'holy' papers are pasted on the coffin to protect the body being disturbed by malign spirits. During the sealing of the coffin all present turn away from the coffin, as watching a coffin being sealed is considered very unlucky. The coffin is then carried (with the head of the deceased facing forward) from the house (being a pallbearer is considered to bestow the blessing of the deceased upon the bearer, thus there are usually many volunteers) using a piece of wood tied over the coffin. The coffin is not carried directly to the cemetery but is first placed on the side of the road outside the house, where more prayers are offered and papers scattered. The coffin is placed in a hearse, which moves slowly for a mile, with the eldest son and family members following behind with their heads touching the hearse. If there are many relatives, a white piece of cloth links the hearse to family members behind. Order in the funeral procession follows the order of status in the family. A white piece of cloth is tied to vehicles accompanying the hearse, or a white piece of paper may be pasted on their windshields. The eldest son usually sits next to the coffin. A long, lit joss stick is held throughout the journey, symbolizing the soul of the deceased, and is relit immediately if it goes out. Occasionally paper models of objects such as cars, statues ships etc. are carried with the procession symbolizing the wealth of the deceased's family. If the procession needs to cross water, the deceased must be informed that the cortege is to cross it, as it is believed that if not informed, the soul of the dead will not be able to cross the water. The burial Chinese cemeteries are generally located on hillsides as this is thought to improve the feng shui. The further up the hill the grave is, the better its situation is thought to be. When the procession arrives at the graveside it is taken down from the hearse and, again, all present turn away from the coffin, and also turn away when it is lowered into the grave. Family members and other relatives throw a handful of earth into the grave before it is filled. After the funeral, all clothes worn by the mourners will be burned in order to avoid the bad luck associated with death. After the coffin is buried, the keeper of the cemetery will also offer prayers for the deceased. Family members and relatives are presented with a red packet (a sign of gratitude from the deceased family, and the money contained in it must be spent) and a white towel, also as a sign of gratitude but also for funeral guests to wipe off perspiration. The eldest son of the deceased will retrieve some earth from the grave to be placed in an incense holder, and the family at home using an ancestral tablet will worship the deceased. Mourning Although the funeral rites are now over, the period of mourning by the family continues for a hundred days. A piece of coloured cloth is worn on the sleeve of each of the family members for the hundred days to signify mourning: black by the deceased's children, blue by the grandchildren and green by the great-grandchildren. More traditional families will wear these cloths for up to 3 years. A period of mourning is not expected if children die, and a husband is not compelled to mourn the passing of his wife. The return of the deceased Chinese belief holds that seven days after the death of a family member the soul of the departed will return to their home. A red plaque with suitable inscription may be placed outside the house at this time to ensure the soul does not become lost. On the day of the return of the soul, family members are expected to remain in their rooms. Flour or talcum powder may be dusted on the floor of the entrance hall of the home to detect the visit of the deceased. (MORE)
It is very important because Hindus believe on soul exiting the body after death. Hindu tradition is to cremate the body. This will release the soul from this world so the soul is free to move in to the next world.
I think its because white is meant to be a cleansing colour and is considered to be a respectable thing to where like we do like at a wedding. But i believe they where red as the wedding dress not white as we do. I'm not 100% sure.
No, unless it is the funeral for a cowboy or a cowgirl. He or she would more than likely be buried in jeans (with boots ON), so the attendees would not 'out-of-place' in that case.
In some countries, you should. In Sweden, the closest relatives tothe deceased traditionally wear a white tie. That is, children,parents, husband, wife or siblings. Others traditionally wear blacktie.
Egyptians did not wear anything different from everyday wear. They didn't have funerals, either. When someone died, they just took them and buried them away from their village.
Cremation became popular due to the belief that the soul cannot enter a new body until its former one has totally disappeared, and cremation was considered the fastest way to expeditiously dispose of the dead bodies and so that they could keep the ashes from them close to them and so that they could… see each other again..... (MORE)
Maybe in some cultures, but morbid Black is standard color-of-mourning in most funeral services- hearses, etc. true there are white caskets ( usually for children or young women) and even hearses, but that is quite rare. Black is the norm, this case is closed. Pun intended.
Those attending a Hindu funeral should not bring flowers or anything else with them - one comes empty-handed.
No. It is disrespectful and not the place to wear them. A funeral is like church where you wear an appropriate outfit.
The death ritual is an important samskar, as it show the parting from one life to live another or achieve moksha. The body is placed with feet facing South, towards to the realm of the god of death, Yama. The funeral pyre contains sandalwood, saffron musk and camphor to make it sweet-smelling. G…hee (clarified butter is put amongst the sticks of the funeral pyre as a symbol of purity and an offering to the fire god Agni. The pyre is lit and the eldest son walks around the pyre with a lighted torch to prevent the soul returning to earth as a ghost. The heat of the fire makes the skull crack, and it is believed that at this point the atman escapes. Often, the ashes are scattered in a sacred river. It is said that this could help the deceased achieve moksha. Shraddha's the offering of food to the poor in memory of ancestors. It is an important part of Hindu death rituals as it gives the family a chance to pay respects to the deceases and pay homage to departed ancestors. The death rituals help the family with the grief as it reminds them of samsara and that the deceased would go on to live again or achieve moksha. The cracking of the skull allows the atman to escape and is a reminder to the family that they will pass on to another life. The ritual allows the family to have peace of mind. (MORE)
Hindus believe in reincarnation and view death as the soul moving from one body to the next on its path to reach Nirvana, heaven. Death is a sad occasion, but Hindu priests emphasise the route ahead for the departed soul and a funeral is as much a celebration as a remembrance service. Hindus crem…ate their dead, believing that the burning of a dead body signifies the release of the spirit and that the flames represent Brahma, the creator. Family members will pray around the body as soon as possible after death. People will try to avoid touching the corpse as it is considered polluting. The corpse is usually bathed and dressed in white, traditional Indian clothes. If a wife dies before her husband she is dressed in red bridal clothes. If a woman is a widow she will be dressed in white or pale colours. The funeral procession may pass places of significance to the deceased, such as a building or street. Prayers are said here and at the entrance to the crematorium. The body is decorated with sandalwood, flowers and garlands. Scriptures are read from the Vedas or Bhagavad Gita. The chief mourner, usually the eldest son or male, will light some kindling and circle the body, praying for the well being of the departing soul. After the cremation, the family may have a meal and offer prayers in their home. Mourners wash and change completely before entering the house after the funeral. A priest will visit and purify the house with spices and incense. This is the beginning of the 13-day mourning period when friends will visit and offer their condolences. 'Shradh' is practiced one year after the death of the person. This can either be an annual event or a large one-off event. This is the Hindu practice of giving food to the poor in memory of the deceased. A priest will say prayers for the deceased and during this time, usually lasting one month, the family will not buy any new clothes or attend any parties. Sons are responsible for carrying out Shradh. . As Death Approaches: Traditionally, a Hindu dies at home. Nowadays the dying are increasingly kept in hospitals, even when recovery is clearly not possible. Knowing the merits of dying at home among loved ones, Hindus bring the ill home. When death is imminent, kindred are notified. The person is placed in his room or in the entryway of the house, with the head facing east. A lamp is lit near his head and he is urged to concentrate on his mantra. Kindred keep vigil until the great departure, singing hymns, praying and reading scripture. If he cannot come home, this happens at the hospital, regardless of institutional objections. . The Moment of Death: If the dying person is unconscious at departure, a family member chants the mantra softly in the right ear. If none is known, "Aum Namo Narayana" or "Aum Nama Sivaya" is intoned. (This is also done for sudden-death victims, such as on a battlefield or in a car accident.) Holy ash or sandal paste is applied to the forehead, Vedic verses are chanted, and a few drops of milk, Ganga or other holy water are trickled into the mouth. After death, the body is laid in the home's entryway, with the head facing south, on a cot or the ground--reflecting a return to the lap of Mother Earth. The lamp is kept lit near the head and incense burned. A cloth is tied under the chin and over the top of the head. The thumbs are tied together, as are the big toes. In a hospital, the family has the death certificate signed immediately and transports the body home. Under no circumstances should the body be embalmed or organs removed for use by others. Religious pictures are turned to the wall, and in some traditions mirrors are covered. Relatives are beckoned to bid farewell and sing sacred songs at the side of the body. . The Homa Fire Ritual: If available, a special funeral priest is called. In a shelter built by the family, a fire ritual (homa) is performed to bless nine brass kumbhas (water pots) and one clay pot. Lacking the shelter, an appropriate fire is made in the home. The "chief mourner" leads the rites. He is the eldest son in the case of the father's death and the youngest son in the case of the mother's. In some traditions, the eldest son serves for both, or the wife, son-in-law or nearest male relative. . Preparing the Body: The chief mourner now performs arati, passing an oil lamp over the remains, then offering flowers. The male (or female, depending on the gender of the deceased) relatives carry the body to the back porch, remove the clothes and drape it with a white cloth. (If there is no porch, the body can be sponge bathed and prepared where it is.) Each applies sesame oil to the head, and the body is bathed with water from the nine kumbhas, dressed, placed in a coffin (or on a palanquin) and carried to the homa shelter. The young children, holding small lighted sticks, encircle the body, singing hymns. The women then walk around the body and offer puffed rice into the mouth to nourish the deceased for the journey ahead. A widow will place her tali (wedding pendant) around her husband's neck, signifying her enduring tie to him. The coffin is then closed. If unable to bring the body home, the family arranges to clean and dress it at the mortuary rather than leave these duties to strangers. The ritual homa fire can be made at home or kindled at the crematorium. . Cremation: Only men go to the cremation site, led by the chief mourner. Two pots are carried: the clay kumbha and another containing burning embers from the homa. The body is carried three times counterclockwise around the pyre, then placed upon it. All circumambulating, and some arati, in the rites is counterclockwise. If a coffin is used, the cover is now removed. The men offer puffed rice as the women did earlier, cover the body with wood and offer incense and ghee. With the clay pot on his left shoulder, the chief mourner circles the pyre while holding a fire brand behind his back. At each turn around the pyre, a relative knocks a hole in the pot with a knife, letting water out, signifying life's leaving its vessel. At the end of three turns, the chief mourner drops the pot. Then, without turning to face the body, he lights the pyre and leaves the cremation grounds. The others follow. At a gas-fueled crematorium, sacred wood and ghee are placed inside the coffin with the body. Where permitted, the body is carried around the chamber, and a small fire is lit in the coffin before it is consigned to the flames. The cremation switch then is engaged by the chief mourner. . Return Home; Ritual Impurity: Returning home, all bathe and share in cleaning the house. A lamp and water pot are set where the body lay in state. The water is changed daily, and pictures remain turned to the wall. The shrine room is closed, with white cloth draping all icons. During these days of ritual impurity, family and close relatives do not visit others' homes, though neighbors and relatives bring daily meals to relieve the burdens during mourning. Neither do they attend festivals and temples, visit swamis, nor take part in marriage arrangements. Some observe this period up to one year. For the death of friends, teachers or students, observances are optional. While mourning is never suppressed or denied, scriptures admonish against excessive lamentation and encourage joyous release. The departed soul is acutely conscious of emotional forces directed at him. Prolonged grieving can hold him in earthly consciousness, inhibiting full transition to the heaven worlds. In Hindu Bali, it is shameful to cry for the dead. . Bone-Gathering Ceremony: About 12 hours after cremation, family men return to collect the remains. Water is sprinkled on the ash; the remains are collected on a large tray. At crematoriums the family can arrange to personally gather the remains: ashes and small pieces of white bone called "flowers." In crematoriums these are ground to dust, and arrangements must be made to preserve them. Ashes are carried or sent to India for deposition in the Ganges or placed them in an auspicious river or the ocean, along with garlands and flowers. . First Memorial: On the 3rd, 5th, 7th or 9th day, relatives gather for a meal of the deceased's favorite foods. A portion is offered before his photo and later ceremonially left at an abandoned place, along with some lit camphor. Customs for this period are varied. Some offer pinda (rice balls) daily for nine days. Others combine all these offerings with the following sapindikarana rituals for a few days or one day of ceremonies. . 31st-Day Memorial: On the 31st day, a memorial service is held. In some traditions it is a repetition of the funeral rites. At home, all thoroughly clean the house. A priest purifies the home, and performs the sapindikarana, making one large pinda (representing the deceased) and three small, representing the father, grandfather and great-grand-father. The large ball is cut in three pieces and joined with the small pindas to ritually unite the soul with the ancestors in the next world. The pindas are fed to the crows, to a cow or thrown in a river for the fish. Some perform this rite on the 11th day after cremation. Others perform it twice: on the 31st day or (11th, 15th, etc.) and after one year. Once the first sapindikarana is completed, the ritual impurity ends. Monthly repetition is also common for one year. . One-Year Memorial: At the yearly anniversary of the death (according to the moon calendar), a priest conducts the shraddha rites in the home, offering pinda to the ancestors. This ceremony is done yearly as long as the sons of the deceased are alive (or for a specified period). It is now common in India to observe shraddha for ancestors just prior to the yearly Navaratri festival. This time is also appropriate for cases where the day of death is unknown. Hindu funeral rites can be simple or exceedingly complex. These ten steps, devotedly completed according to the customs, means, and ability of the family, will properly conclude one earthly sojourn of any Hindu soul. (MORE)
Unless the surviving family have requested otherwise, traditional business attire is appropriate - nothing bright or flashy. Muted charcoals, combinations of dark skirt or slacks, and white blouse, with a Navy Blazer is appropriate for women. For men, the same schemes are appropriate - charcoals, na…vy colours, white shirts & tie, dark socks (always!), and polished shoes - never canvass. There has been a noticeable shift in funeral customs over the past two decades. Rather than mournful, closing, experiences, funerals are often now celebrations of a life well remembered. It's also possible that at the family's request, request for donations to a selected charity, in lieu of flowers may be the norm as well. Those donations are made to the charity and presented to the funeral director for processing and providing the family with a written detail of said donations. If ever in doubt, consult with the local funeral director as they will always have noted the family's preferences. (MORE)
Wear one that is not low cut or skin tight. Traditionally many people wear neutral colors like black, grey, white, or navy blue
yes. Head is covered during a hindu funeral because, it is believed that when a person dies, they are free from every relationships and attachments they use to had before... and then they leave their body and the soul is free.. The soul is God.. so for respect, head is covered . hope it help…s (MORE)
In many Asian cultures, family members would wear white headbands as to indicate their relation with the deceased person. Similarly, other cultures substitute a white squared cloth pinned to their shirt, which is more subtle.
I suspect this is another trick question. Did not the pallbearer at Margaret Thatvcher's funeral actually Not wear white gloves? Is that what The Queen was remarking upon? The answer is simple. This is no 1 Dress uniform for Tom (Royal Navy) who is only 22 yr old & the wearing of gloves is not pa…rt of it. You will also notice that the Guardsman was also not wearing gloves this is because the Guards under the rank Full Sergeant do not wear white gloves as part of their Ceremonial Dress. I think the whole bearer party did a fantastic job on the day particular Tom, but I guess I would say that as a proud Uncle!! (MORE)
jews wear their traditional cap & white clothes similar torobes, while Hindus also wear white colored clothes. Christianswear black clothes however.