Anyway, hubby and I just got home about half an hour ago from my best friend's father's funeral wake service. I had earlier dedicated a post to her & family on the passing of her father.
There is only about 15 - 20 people when we reached the funeral parlor (we were late half hour for the service as we had to rush some last minute errands before we can leave the house) and after the service ended, the guests retreated to the tables and chat with each other.
When we managed to speak to my best friend's elder sister (my best friend was talking to her father's friend at that time), I asked whether any of their friends or colleagues came today and she said not many of them. Reasons?
You see, for Chinese folks like us (worse if they are NOT Christians) they believed in superstitious funeral / death craps like:
1. You should not attend funerals near Chinese New Year time (FYI, Chinese New Year for 2010 falls exactly on Valentines' Day) Reason? They believe attending funerals will bring them bad luck and hence, if they go to any funerals around this time, their Chinese New Year will be tainted with bad lucks...
2. You should not attend funerals if it clashes with good ceremonies (such as birthdays, weddings, etc) - same reason as above.
3. You should not attend funerals if you think you might be pregnant. Yeah... what a load of crap.
Seriously, I am sick of all this bull crap. I don't know why people allow themselves to believe in things like this.
Attending a funeral service is just a way of paying your last respect to the person who has passed away and also a polite and humble gesture to the surviving family members, it is also a comfort to them in this time of sorrow that they still have friends and family members who care for them. Why must it be thought as you will get bad luck for attending a funeral?! Why this selfish thought?!!!
Like I said in my post title, all this superstitions and superstitious people can kiss my ar$e.
(Note: Image taken from http://www.flickr.com/photos/ateliermomoni/2980516579/)