Funeral feast, history
Since ancient times, our ancestors-Slavs was made to accompany the funeral rites funeral feast, that is a memorial dinner. It was believed that those present at the table will be able to speak well of the deceased and so as to relieve the tension that occurs after the loss of a relative or loved one. In those years, it was decided to hold a wake in the day of farewell to the deceased and the third, 7, 9, 20, 40 and 70 days after the end of the funeral rite. Over time, Christianity could not dislodge from our life pagan rite of remembrance of the deceased meal, but a bit modified this custom. So, today, in the wake arrange day of the funeral, and then at 9, 40 day and at the end of the year. Funeral feast sometimes served in the house of the deceased, but more often bought in a cafe or restaurant, to the same table could seat all the relatives and friends of the deceased.
Priests prefer not to take part in the funeral, because Christianity is a negative-to-eat on this day spirits. However, rarely a memorial table complete without vodka, brandy or dry red wine. But sparkling wines and sweet drinks (liquor, etc.) never included in its menu. There are several established rules which are observed in the organization of the funeral of the table. In particular, it does not include serving sharp objects (knives and forks), and spoons are placed on the table sure to back up. On the table as if to put an extra unit of the deceased (with parallel pas plate fork and knife) and a stack of vodka, which put a piece of black bread. If wake arranged in the house, the device remains on the table 40 more days.
After the end of the meal the owners handed out cakes or pastries present to commemorate the deceased could and their family members who were not present at the funeral. It is believed that the excessive use of alcohol at the funeral able to offend the audience and desecrate the memory of the deceased. Also unacceptable desire to come to the funeral without an invitation. Among the believers accepted before commemoration read the prayer "Our Father." In the event that the remembrance of the dead falls on days of Lent, the funeral repast served in coming to this day Saturday or Sunday. If it is necessary to organize the funeral in the days of Easter, this is done on Tuesday of the second week of Easter, that is the day Radonitsa.