How do different cultures remember their dead?

July 22, 2020 2:58 pm


Bon Festival

Celebrated for more than 500 years in Japan, Bon (or Obon) Festival was established to commemorate the deceased ancestors. Lasting more than three days, this Buddhist tradition is a light-hearted affair, including a party complete with dancing, playing games and fireworks. The Bon Odori is a dance that takes place to welcome the spirits of the dead.

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All Souls’ and All Saints Day

This is a time important for Christians in the Western world. It takes place on the first- and second-day November just after All Hallows’ Eve, or Halloween, this holiday is set to be a time where people remember the departed souls of faithful Christians, martyrs and saints. During this holiday, Christians often visit cemeteries to place flowers and candles on the graves of their loved ones, and many attend church services. For more information on Headstones, visit a site like Abbey Memorials, a supplier of quality Headstones.

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Gaijatra is a celebration that occurs in Nepal and lasts for just over a week in August and September. It is also known as the Cow Festival and is an opportunity to remember those who have passed over the previous 12 months. There is a cattle procession through the town, headed by family members who have lost loved ones in the previous year. Cows are sacred in the Hindu religion and are therefore considered to help guide the newly dead into the afterlife. This festival is light-hearted celebration and intended to help people accept death and ease the passing of loved ones.