Filipinos, especially elders, have lots superstitious beliefs they still practice. Some of them are strictly observed at wakes for fear of bad luck or another death in the family. We talked about them as we were constantly reminded at a friend’s father’s wake I went to two Saturdays ago.
Here are some:
- Don’t wear red to a wake.
- Don’t take a bath.
- Don’t say “Thank you” to people who condole with you.
- Don’t sweep the area where the wake is taking place.
- Don’t accompany people as they leave the wake.
- Don’t stack plates.
- Don’t go to a wake if you’re pregnant.
- Don’t look back as you leave the wake (or don’t look back at a visitor who leaves).
- Don’t go straight home after having been to a wake (a.k.a. pagpag).
- Don’t make mano (placing the hand of elders on your forehead, which is a sign of respect to elders) at a wake.
Do you know other wake-related superstitious beliefs? Feel free to add them as comments.