Uttarakhand is a land of diverse cultures, rituals and rites. Each and every ritual or rite here is performed as per Hindu scriptures and Shastras. Funeral rite is one such rite that is performed as per Holy Shastras that strictly varies in case of married and unmarried person by and large.
During the death of an unmarried young man and woman, the body is buried instead of being cremated. The mourning session continues for a week where all villagers visit the house where the mishap took place and offer their support to the emotionally traumatized members of the family.
All auspicious sessions falling during this time are postponed to a future date. In case of an adult death, the body is cremated. The mourning session continues for 13 days and then a Puja is organized that is referred as “Teraween”. In this Puja, feast is offered to the old man of the house and thereafter rests of the members join in. The time period differs in case of an adult woman and man, which are 12 days and 13 days respectively.
After a year of the condolence, a day is finalized for the “Barsi” of the dead. It is said that no marriage is allowed and no festivals are celebrated in the family during this one year.