Friday, October 21, 2011

Filipino Customs when burying the dead

9 day novena

30th day - tradition in Ilocos

40th day - when the soul goes to heaven

Wearing black (and/or white)

Giving atang (food offering) to the deceased

Cutting the rosary -  Meaning:  Since the bereaved will bring the rosary with him/her in the grave, it is believed that if the rosary is not broken, other family members will follow. It breaks the circle which symbolically represents eternity, so the soul will go to heaven 2

Placing  shoes next to the deceased' feet inside the coffin - Meaning: If the deceased were to visit you, you don't want to hear their shoes walking around in your house.

1 year anniversary

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