Word of the day

Yahrzeit – Jewish commemoration or remembrance of the anniversary of someone’s death.

I think – and please correct me if I’m wrong – that Maori don’t mark a grave until the first yahrzeit. I think – and again please correct me if I mis-think – that is because then you have got through all the other big days when you might feel the absence of someone who has died more strongly – birthdays, Christmas and other anniversaires.

2 Responses to Word of the day

  1. Andrei says:

    Greek: μνημόσυνον (mnemosynon)
    Slavonic: паннихида (panikhída)

    I left a hymn from this services on a comment a few days ago

    Remembering the departed It is something that seems to have been lost to western culture somewhere along the way – along with much else.

  2. G says:

    yes, many maori erect the headstone on the first anniversary. although anyone may attend it’s usually a smaller gathering than the tangi and funeral, and a nice opportunity to reaffirm connections with family and friends and to remember the person who has passed away (outside of the shock that follows immediately after they have died).

    i dont know if the reason you give above is the reason why, although i am sure it is part of the mix.

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