Printable Memorial Card Templates

Updated on May 30, 2023
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When it comes to grieving, there are many distinctions across countries, cultures, and faiths. We will specifically look at the significance of clothing colors in the grieving process.

How Colors of Mourning Reflect Different Beliefs and Practices

1. Turkey is black.

Given that Muslims constitute more than half of Turkey's population, it stands to reason that the majority of mourners in Turkey will adhere to Islamic customs. There are no formal mourning colors for Muslims, according to a website that answers queries about Islamic traditions. 

The fact is that there is no specific mention in the Quran or Sunnah about wearing black attire during mourning, but it is discouraged to wear clothing that goes against the spirit of grieving. As a result, when a Muslim passes away in the United States, it is common for most mourners to opt for black clothing. Conversely, in China, the family of the deceased Muslim refrains from wearing red to the funeral as it conflicts with the grieving process.

2. In China, white

Despite the fact that most websites state that white is the color of mourning in China, an article titled "Chinese Death Rituals" states differently. While white is commonly used, it depends on the dialect group to which the family belongs. In China, black, like white, is sometimes considered a mourning hue. 

Wearing bright colors, such as red or yellow, when grieving is considered impolite in China, regardless of where the dead lived. In addition to black or white attire, family members may wear a coarse overcoat, cap, and slippers to demonstrate that they are unconcerned about aesthetics or comfort because someone they care about has died.

Meanwhile, in China, there is a mourning pin that is usually worn for 49 or 100 days including the first day at the funeral. The pins were fastened to the mourner's sleeve. The mourning pin is worn on the left sleeve if the deceased was a man, and on the right sleeve if the deceased was a woman. 

3. The color black in Judaism

Color has a symbolic value in the Jewish community, according to The Encyclopedia of Jewish Myth, Magic, and Mysticism. While white is associated with purity, black is traditionally associated with mourning. 

As a result, most individuals who attend Jewish funerals dress in black or gloomy hues. Men (and maybe women) may also be seen wearing a kippah or yarmulke. You may also see rips on the clothing of near family members, maybe on a collar, pocket, or label. Kriah (or keriah) is the habit of shredding a garment when being overtaken with sadness. Other Jews wear a black, torn ribbon as a symbol of the practice, while Orthodox Jews tear the actual garment. 

The tradition of shredding one's clothing can be traced back to Jacob, who tore his clothes after believing his son Joseph had perished. When he learned that King Saul had died, David tore his clothing as well. Jacob tore his robe to convey his sorrow for his terrible existence. 

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4. The color white in Sikhism

The color white denotes purity in many civilizations, but it also reflects other notions in various faiths. White, for example, might symbolize oneness with God or perpetual life in different contexts.

White is also an excellent color to wear to funerals for these reasons. The Sikh faith is one example of this behavior. While in mourning, Sikh women may wear white or black. 

5. In Hinduism, white or black

Women in Hindu religions often dress in white or black, however, there are differences. After death, some Hindus clothe the corpse in special colors. The colors used represent the deceased's age, marital status, and caste. If the dead was a senior citizen, the body is usually clothed in white. A deceased married woman may be clothed in a fresh crimson or pink sari. 

6. The color white in Buddhism

As a sign of modesty, Buddhist mourners are commonly seen to wear humble white garments. Alongside their attire, they adopt an austere approach and lifestyle, refraining from adorning themselves with jewelry. Additionally, they take partake in simple meals and not joining in entertainment activities.

7. South Africa's color is red.

In South Africa, the color red is associated with sadness or grief. According to others, the color red signifies the blood spilled during the Apartheid era.

8. Ghana is red.

In Ghana, red is the color of public mourning, however, it is usually reserved for intimate family members. To demonstrate their support for the immediate family, extended family and friends wear black.

9. Japan is black.

If a Japanese mourner wears Western clothing to a funeral, those clothes are usually black. Women may dress up in black outfits with a single string of white pearls.

The female who wears traditional Japanese clothing to a funeral usually wears a black kimono with the same color sash over white underwear, black shoes, and white stockings.

Japanese males dress in a black kimono with striped black or gray pants. They are also dressed in a black jacket with a white clasp.

Members of the deceased's immediate relatives or close acquaintances typically wear the more traditional mourning attire. Extended family members and friends may dress in non-traditional Japanese or Western attire.

What Should You Wear at a Funeral?

It's impossible to foresee how people will show their grief via dress in the future, but you might have observed a shift in people's attire when attending modern funeral ceremonies. Will Americans, like the people of Victorian England, continue to wear black? Or will more individuals regard those traditions as archaic?

What if the hue of mourning is determined more by religion than by culture? Will most Hindus continue to wear white to funerals because it represents purity, or will this tradition fade? It will be fascinating to witness how the color of grief evolves throughout time. People want to honor and respect their deceased loved ones, regardless of how they choose to mourn.

The most important thing is to respect the memorial moments and to always send good prayers for those whose in mourning.

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