The Etiquette and Custom of Conducting a Funeral The meaning of ‘‘ 喪 ’’(Sang) is ‘‘ to pass away ”, The content contains the etiquette of holding a memorial ceremony for the dead and people offer sacrifices to god.
壽終正寢 Shou Zhong Zheng Qin The older generation always insisted on passing away at home, which was the thought of tracing back to where all started. 壽衣 The shroud The death wearing
腳尾飯 Jiao Wei Fan It is a kind of dish which set beside the deceased, including a cooked duck’s egg and a bowl of rice with a pair of chopsticks stuck into it. The relatives hope the deceased have full energy to get to the final destination after eating.
入殮 Ru Lian Ru Lian is to encoffin. There are two types of it: 大殮 (Da lian)and 小殮 (Xiao Lian). The definitions of 大殮 and 小殮 differ from place to place. Traditionally, Chinese people put the deceased in the living room consult the Taoist priest about the best time to encoffin. The proper timing is very important. We’ll put some money in the decedent’s sleeves before 小殮,which is a good symbol of living money for the offspring. We called it 手尾錢（ Shou Wei money ）.
作七 Zuo Qi Chinese belief holds the soul of the dead family member will return to their home in 7 days. So the first 7th day is most important for Chinese.
百日 Bai Ri Bai Ri:On the 100th day after death, the Chinese will offer sacrifices to ancestors again.
Taboo That one's forehead turns dark is seen as an omen for one's death. During the period of funeral it's forbidden to do any productive activity.
Taboo People whose family member passed away can't cut hair, comb hair and shave during the period of funeral.It's to show gratitude for their upbringing elder for their breeding.
Taboo Women can't visit grave, or it will cause this family to have no offspring. People with disability for crime sentence are forbidden to visit parents' grave, because it might make the dead grievous It's forbidden to ask others to arrange tomb, and clean up the graveyard. During the period of funeral it's forbidden to eat meat or drink, but it have been abolished now. It is not allowed to eat with people who comes to condole. In funeral, people shouldn't dress in red or colorful clothes. It's better to wear in white.
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