The colour of deepest mourning was ‘white’ in Medieval times, – thanks again Wikipedia and Wiki answers

The colour of deepest mourning was ‘white’ in Medieval times, – thanks again Wikipedia and Wiki answers

White mourning

Mary, Queen of Scots, in deuil blanc c. 1559 following the deaths of her father-in-law, mother, and first husband Francis II of France.

The colour of deepest mourning among medieval European queens was white. In 1393, Parisians were treated to the unusual spectacle of a royal funeral carried out in white, for Leo V, King of Armenia, who died in exile.[1] This royal tradition survived in Spain until the end of the fifteenth century. In 1993, it was revived by the Spanish-born Queen Fabiola for the funeral of her husband, King Baudouin I of Belgium. Additionally, in 2004, the four daughters of Queen Juliana of the Netherlands all wore white to their mother’s funeral. The custom for the Queens of France to wear deuil blanc [white mourning] was the origin of the White Wardrobe created in 1938 by Norman Hartnell for Queen Elizabeth (later the Queen Mother). She was required to make a State visit to France while in mourning for her mother.

Other Cultures still wear white at funerals

White is associated with spirituality, truth and above all Purity. So, it is somewhat related to all sacred things. Hence all wear white to show respect for the departed on the occasion.

Hindus believe that after a person is dead his soul is at peace and is free from all material and worldly desires. so to represent this idea Hindus wear white to funerals.

BUT , please note that it is not just Hindus that wear White. As part of the common culture in the Indian subcontinent, people from Most Religions wear white to show respect at funerals or other ceremonies.

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I am a full time singer, singing teacher and Musicianship teacher with a diploma from Trinity College London in singing and music performance. I have my own private singing teaching practice and a business called Si Canta - Celebration songs offering singing for weddings, funerals and christenings. I hope to hear from you about singing and music that helped to make your special day unique. I am also a trained Tonalis teacher who teaches on Tonalis' singing trainings and courses
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