Traditionally there was a ceremony in a funeral home with a visitation of the body on display. In Green Burial services however , the ceremony is often at the graveside during the burial with a memorial party in a different space on a different day.
Some crematories have an observed cremation area. Hindus and Sikhs observe the cremation meaning the family is there praying as the body is being cremated.
Crestone , CO. is the home of the only outdoor crematory in the US and it is specifically for the use of the Buddhist community in Crestone.
In a GREEN BURIAL the ceremony is decorating the bottom and edges of the grave , lowering the body and covering thwe grave with the friends and family.
This is extremely healing. Then a memorial "wake" or party or gathering usually takes place in another location such as a large home, a hall or a religious space like a Temple or center and the person's memory is honored with food and music.
BUDDHIST POWA CEREMONY-
A Powa ceremony is a Buddhist prayer ceremony which takes place soon after the death of a person in which prayers are made for the "Transference of Conciousness" for the person to successfully navigate the Bardo state ( called pergatory in Christianity) which takes 49 days, so as to have a fortunate rebirth. Offerings of flowers, food, scented water, lights, and incense and prayers are made to Avolokiteshvara- Buddha of Compassion. This practice is done in Kadampa Buddhist centers once a month and special POWA's may be requested .Find a center near you:http://kadampa.org/ The actual prayer booklets may be purchased HERE: http://www.tharpa.com/us/powa-ceremony-booklet.html#.VDhoYNTF85Q
DIOS DE LOS MUERTOS or the Day of the Dead-
Dios De Los Muertos is a Mexican holiday observed throughout Mexico and around the world in other cultures where Latin Americans live. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. It is particularly celebrated in Mexico.The celebration takes place on October 31, November 1 and November 2, in connection with the triduum of Allhallowtide: All Hallows Eve ,Hallowmas andAll Souls DayTraditions connected with the holiday include building private altars called ofrendas, honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigold flowers and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed, and visiting graves with these as gifts. They also leave possessions of the deceased.
In San Francisco , home of KINKARACO ® there are huge processions that wind down alleys painted with murals and lined with luminarias (brown paper bags with lit with candles inside . San Francisco, like New Orleans LOVES a street party so everyone gets into this wonderful holiday-
San Francisco has alot of Aztec Dancers in the Mission District neighborhood that have dancing ceremonies on the street all the time.Aztecs always perform at Dios De Los Muertos.Including our beloved San Francisco Gigantes !
Cemeteries like HOLLYWOOD FOREVER have Dios De Los Muertos processions where the whole community come.
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