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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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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 is the gathering before a funeral called a wake? ... Dear Sebastian – Wakes are a very old tradition of the Irish/Celtic people. Wakes were ...

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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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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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A wake is a ceremony associated with death. Traditionally, a wake takes place in the house of the deceased, with the body present; however, ...

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Also again, if the process of explaining the original purpose for a wake doesn't properly explain why it is called a "wake", could somebody ...

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The "junketing and dancing" take place in order to wake the person up again. ... optimism in the face of death—conviviality called upon to reinforce solidarity.

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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.