Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Attending a wake ...


wake is a ceremony associated with death. Traditionally, a wake takes place in the house of the deceased, with the body present.In my place, a wake is synonymous with viewing or funeral visitation or Visiting Hours. It is often a time for the deceased's friends and loved ones to gather and to console the immediate family prior to the funeral. Beverages and food are served to the visiting relatives and friends. Monks are present to appease the dead man's spirit and also to bless the living. The ceremony is normally sombre where laughing and talking loudly are refrained. It's the most challenging time for the dead person's kins and relatives as they have to put up with endless cooking and serving the guests. Nonetheless, no one is complaining, everyone is performing their duty as a sign of respect to the deceased. May he R.I.P!

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