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A wake is a social gathering associated with death, usually held before a funeral. Traditionally ... custom in most Celtic countries in Europe for mourners to keep watch or vigil over their dead until they were buried — this was called a "wake".

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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 stay alert" definition that the word now ...

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Q: Word origin - "Wake" ( Answered 4 out of 5 stars , 0 Comments ) ... Why is the gathering before a funeral called a wake?

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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 practice of 'waking' the dead (having someone sit with the .... about a corpse that "wakens" called Finnegan's Wake. i'm sure someone can ...

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In other words, the deceased must be awake among the dead, a state of affairs ... optimism in the face of death—conviviality called upon to reinforce solidarity.

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The old tradition was that you never leave a deceased person alone, so from the death moment until the funeral someone had to sit besides the ...

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Why do people call an after funeral ceremony a "wake"?

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The reception after the funeral, which is sometimes called the wake, is an opportunity to mourn the passing of the person who has died and, as importantly,  ...

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modern funeral custom that has generally supplanted the wake. (see: U.S. .... 30 minutes and is usually held in a small funeral chapel which is called a (kapella) ...