Unit 2.1

Festivals, Ceremonies and Celebrations: Ceremonies and funeral rites

Collective identity and lifestyle

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Funeral Rites

  • There are several ways that religious people deal with death and the funeral rites they carry out.
    • Traditionally colour black is a symbol of sadness and grief. Because of that, people attending funerals are dressed in black colours.
    • People send or bring flowers to a funeral. They are a representation of love, sympathy, respect, offering support and sharing the burden of grief.
    • Relatives may view the body at the funeral home.
    • It is common for the mourners to gather for refreshments after the funeral.
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