Friday, December 5, 2014
Today A Funeral Was Held on MTC Grounds
If the deceased is over the age of seventy, then those attending the funeral wear white. Rather than a cause for sadness, it is seen as a joyous occasion. The white also, in some cultures, represents resurrection and victory over death.
To pass at the young age of 43 is not normal, so red and black are worn. According to Ghanaian customs and traditions: The Red cloth is often worn by close relatives to show how deeply they feel about the loss of their loved one.
The Black cloth is worn by distant relatives and well-wishers who come to mourn with the family.
According to American customs and Western traditions, black dress is the appropriate color to depict mourning, remembrance, and the painful closure affected through the funeral rites. To wear white, or any other bright color, is viewed as a sign of disrespect to the deceased and the family.