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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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The term wake is also sometimes used to refer to the ... who come to the funeral parlor to pay ... The corpse will normally be dressed in white linen and laid

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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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The term wake is also sometimes used to refer to the Visitation, a modern funeral ... Traditions) The deceased's family receives friends who come to the funeral parlor to ... the death, word of mouth will spread the news and neighbours, relatives

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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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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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wake: watch or vigil held over the body of a dead person before burial and ... Will you answer a few questions about why you're visiting Britannica.com?

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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 ...