Due to many different interpretations of the Buddhist faith, the proper funeral attire may vary a bit depending on the culture and location of the rules being practised.
The most widespread belief indicates that family members should wear white and adorn themselves with a headband or an armband, while the mourners should wear black.
However, with Japanese Buddhists, it could be the opposite – family members wear black, and friends wear white.
The family members may also prefer a different colour, depending on their nationality.
Contact the Family or the Funeral Director
When in doubt, don’t hesitate to reach out to the family! You can simply ask them to be sure of what they consider appropriate.
One more way to find out is to ask the funeral director, who is thoroughly informed on all funeral customs.
However, if you can’t reach a family member or a funeral director (some people don’t feel comfortable doing so), choose to wear clothing with muted colours.
What Type of Clothing Is Inappropriate for a Buddhist Funeral?
Although you may see slight alterations in what adequate funeral attire is, the main rules regarding what’s wrong are the same regardless of location, preference, or culture.
Expensive, flashy clothing is considered inappropriate because it indicates wealth. Wearing jewellery or bright colours is also seen as a display of wealth that doesn’t suit Buddhist values.
The funeral itself is considered a simple, solemn ritual. Hence, the attire shouldn’t stand out in any way.