Different Cultures

Hindu Ashes Immersion Ceremony in the UK – 2020

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Hindu Ashes Immersion Ceremony

The population of Hindus and Sikhs in the UK is over 800k. Many of the second-generation Indian diaspora are now in the position of having to arrange funerals. They may not be versed in Hindu and Sikh funeral rights, below is brief guide to help those want to respect their relative’s tradition, but do not…

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Ash Wednesday

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Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday Ash Wednesday everyone.  So if like me you’re still full from the pancakes yesterday you’re not alone! Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Day is when many countries with a Christian population celebrate. Traditionally you would empty your larder of all the goodies before you embarked upon Lent. You can see the almost literal translation in…

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Instagram, Tina Turner and Scattering her sons ashes

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Tina Turner sons ashes

The musical icon Tina Turner has recently (28 July 2018) scattered the ashes her son at sea off the coast of California (USA). Very sad, her son apparently took his own life earlier in the month. How did she let people know? Instagram, (see picture below) adding the following comment: “My saddest moment as a…

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Splitting Ashes and the Church of England

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ashes into jewellery

The good old CofE don’t really like ashes to be split, and the Catholic Church specifically prohibits it. I was speaking at a resent Church of England conference on the subject of ashes and this thorny issue was raised. From a secular point of view I never realised the extent to which this vexed the…

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Hindu Scattering Service on the Ganges in India

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Ashes ceremony Ganges

The Hindu population of the UK increases year on year, in the last census in 2011  817,000 people in England and Wales  identified themselves as Hindus which is 1.5% of the population. A proportion of these would loved to have their ashes placed in the Ganges in India after their death. For some time we have…

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South Korea has adopted cremation in a big way

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Cremation trends in south korea

In the 1994 20.5% of South Koreans chose cremation, this figure has shot up to 86% last year. A massive change in less than a generation. I have never known any county’s funeral practises to change as radically as quickly, in the UK the same change took three times as long a an we are…

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