There is a belief that the day of the funeral in the funeral repast can not use forks.People prefer to eat with a spoon, although it is not always convenient.

Domestic version



One of the most common versions of such a limitation is quite simple: a few centuries ago forks were not known to the people, because even in the Soviet canteens mostly eaten with spoons.Maybe this is what was the basis for what to eat with forks at the wake "sin."

In Soviet times, explained the tradition even more banal: fork subjects sharp, "commemorate" those who came to see the deceased on his last journey, could cause injury to one another, for example, in the heat of emotion, in the division of the inheritance and so forth.

versions of traditional


Kutia - memorial of wheat porridge with honey dissolved in w
ater (sated).Kutyu prepared not only to the wake, but on the eve of Christmas, Epiphany.


more objective and credible in terms of the history of the version about the fact that initially the main memorial meal - kutyu - ate with spoons, and dishes that were required to divide into pieces simply broke.

Funeral dinner traditionally begins with the fact that all eat exactly three spoons kuti.Bread people take hands.In the modern tradition, by the way, during the commemoration kutyu often replaced with pancakes, which certainly should bake a widow or widower, and in their absence - the closest relative of the deceased.

first memorial dinner opened him six weeks of mourning, during which the house should not be amusements and family celebrations and weddings.

In the old church books can often find statements like plug - the subject of demons (remember that the devil has a trident, and the devils are endowed with a tail hook tip).However, these views were characterized during the introduction into use of a new object, because to reject all new conservative characteristic of human thinking.Today, such speech can be heard from the Old Believers, who use only the old-fashioned spoons, even in everyday life.


Modern priests clarify that the canonical ban on the use of forks at the funeral does not exist, but it is a tradition that would be nice to observe.However, much more important to observe the funeral ceremony: inveterate deceased, hold a funeral ceremony with prayer and humility, as well as make the church remembrance on the ninth and fortieth day after the funeral.