funeral

What is the funeral?

" Funeral of tradition " will vary depending on the country or religion .

Because almost of japanese are Buddhist believers, the Japanese will do "vigil, funeral, memorial service" as the ritual of memorial for the dead.

The vigil is called "Tsuya". The funeral is called "Sougi", and the memorial service is called "Houji" or "Houyou".

The funeral is the ceremony of farewell to the dead man .

CONTENTS
The entire flow of funeral.
(1) Tsuya
(2) Funeral
The entire flow of funeral.

(1) Tsuya

In Japan, the ceremony of vigil over the body of dead person is called "Tsuya".

The bereaved family lays out the remains, and the Buddhist priest recite a sutra.
While hearing Buddhist's priest, attendances of tsuya offer incense sticks for the repose of a departed soul.
When we aren't a sober attire, cannot attend tsuya. We should put on the sober attire though we need not put on mourning.
Though the Buddhist priest returns to the temple once when the ceremony ends, bereaved families keep burning the incense stick all night.
I think that the word tsuya have two meanings. The one is all night. And the other one is a meaning of night from which the soul departs this world.
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(2)Funeral
The funeral will be held the next day of the tsuya in many cases.
The person who attends the funeral should put on mourning.
The bereaved family invites the priest to the funeral pariour.
Besides the bereaved family, the people of the friend at the deceased, the associate at work, the superior, the friend at the school, the teacher, and the vicinity etc. gather in the funeral parlour. In the case to hold the funeral at bereaved home, all members gather in that home.
The attendance of the funeral have to bring condolence gift called "kouden" or "okumotsu".
The flower might be presented.
While hearing Buddhist's priest, attendances of funeral offer incense sticks for the repose of a departed soul.
When sutra recitation was finished by priest of the Buddhism, the coffin is carried out of the funeral parlour.
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The coffin is carried to the crematory, and remains are cremated and become the bones.
when the bereaved family returns from the crematory, the last ceremony will be done by bereaved family. The priest is treated as guest of honor, and people in the relative and the neighbors are treated as guest.
In this ceremony, the bereaved family express their gratitude to priest, the relative, and neighbors.
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