Why Do People Wear Black To Funerals?

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asked Aug 1, 2016 in Other-Style & Beauty by Richard21 (180 points)
There's a funeral going on at a church down my street and everyone that walked into that church were dressed in black.

Whenever I went to a funeral we just wore whatever we wanted. Was I wrong and should've wore black to the funeral?

Why do people wear black to funerals?

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answered Aug 3, 2016 by Faye1 (310 points)

No you didn't do anything wrong. Wear what you want too.

Much of the color choice within religious groups has to do with personal interpretations about death and the afterlife. The custom of wearing black funeral attire goes back to the days of the Roman Empire when they would wear dark togas as a symbol for mourning.

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