A wake is a social gathering associated with death, usually held before a funeral.
... or vigil over their dead until they were buried — this was called a "wake".
Apr 9, 2003 ... 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 ...
Why is the gathering before a funeral called a wake? ... Dear Sebastian – Wakes
are a very old tradition of the Irish/Celtic people. Wakes were ...
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
A viewing (also called a wake) may be brief and take place immediately before
the funeral service, or may last for up to three days before the service. A visitation
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.
Why do you call a funeral a wake when the person isn't awake? ... They are
called wakes as people used to sit with these people all night to check whether
Now I know why it's called a "wake". This got me thinking about how our family
might want to conduct our aging father's funeral. At least we'll feel more prepared.
It is called a wake because a long time ago, people believed that you could bring
the dead back to life, and by having a gathering after they die, you.