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A wake is a social gathering associated with death, usually held before a funeral. Traditionally ... The term wake was originally used to denote a prayer vigil, often an annual event held on the feast day of the saint to whom a parish church was ...

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It's called a wake because the mourners stay awake during the night, originally to watch and pray over the corpse 'Wake' is the native English ...

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Why is the gathering before a funeral called a wake? ... The time during the wake was for family and friends to come and view the body and pay ...

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I was raised in a Jewish household and having a wake must not be a ... you dress up a corpse and then have a bunch of people come and look at it. ... why it is called a "wake", could somebody provide the etymology as well?

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The term wake is also sometimes used to refer to the Visitation, a modern ... (see: U.S. · Traditions) The deceased's family receives friends who come to the

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According to Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (1978), the wake is "a vigil ... After the burial, the opportunity to do so would be absent" (O'Suilleahbain ...

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A "wake" for the dead harks back to a more antiquated meaning of the word: " watch" or "guard," rather than the "become or ... What do you wear to a funeral?

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May 20, 2014 ... wake: watch or vigil held over the body of a dead person before burial and sometimes accompanied by festivity; also, in England, a vigil kept in ...

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May 15, 2007 ... Q: What is the origin of the word “wake,” as in “I am going to his wake ... Concise Dictionary of Etymology and the Dictionary of Word Origins by ...

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Look up wake at Dictionary.com: "to become awake," a Middle English merger of Old English wacan "to become awake, arise, be born, originate," and Old ...