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    Question Re: Funeral

    Scenario: (about American soap opera)

    In a mourning parade of Catholic funeral, a woman was talking about something with her friend behind a priest. The priest heard that and turned his head around.

    The woman said, "Eyes front, padre".

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    Q1: What's the difference with "priest" and "padre"?

    Q2: I saw some people in the parade took a red flower. Could you possibly tell me what the name of the flower is? Why is it red? Is every colour of flower okay?

    In China, flowers with red colour is a no-no in the funeral. We usually take white flowers.

    Many thanks!
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    Re: Funeral

    Q1: What's the difference with "priest" and "padre"?

    In some countries, and in the armed services, a priest or chaplain is given the title 'padre'.

    Q2: I saw some people in the parade took a red flower. Could you possibly tell me what the name of the flower is? Why is it red? Is every colour of flower okay?

    In China, flowers with red colour is a no-no in the funeral. We usually take white flowers.


    There is a huge cultural difference here. As I understand, certain colours are regarded as 'lucky' in Chinese culture. We do regard white as traditional for the bride at weddings, and black for most people at funerals with regard to dress, but even this is far less strictly adhered to these days : apart from really bright colours, no one these days would be surprised if somebody wore coloured clothes to a funeral...nor in the offering of flowers in wreaths or other floral tributes.
    It may have been a red rose, or gladiolus or even a carnation.
    Last edited by David L.; 11-Sep-2008 at 21:50.


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    Re: Funeral

    Quote Originally Posted by thedaffodils View Post
    Scenario: (about American soap opera)

    In a mourning parade of Catholic funeral, a woman was talking about something with her friend behind a priest. The priest heard that and turned his head around.

    The woman said, "Eyes front, padre".

    Questions:

    Q1: What's the difference with "priest" and "padre"? "Padre" derives from the vocative of the Latin word "Pater" = "Father" [patrem]. It is used in the Roman Catholic church and in the military. A padre is a priest.

    Q2: I saw some people in the parade took a red flower. Could you possibly tell me what the name of the flower is? Why is it red? Is every colour of flower okay? No. This is nothing to do with funeral traditions. It is something to do with the programme you were watching.

    In China, flowers with red colour is a no-no in the funeral. We usually take white flowers.

    Many thanks!
    Which soap opera?

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    Re: Funeral

    David L. & Anglika:

    Thanks a lot for your answers.

    Anglika: The soap opera is Desperate Housewives.

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    Re: Funeral

    Quote Originally Posted by thedaffodils View Post

    Q1: What's the difference with "priest" and "padre"?
    I'd take this to mean "Mind you own business". English-speaking people generally call a priest "Father". Padre is Spanish. In this case, it sounds like a less than polite way to address him; in fitting with the off-beat comedy of this soap opera.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    I'd take this to mean "Mind you own business". English-speaking people generally call a priest "Father". Padre is Spanish. In this case, it sounds like a less than polite way to address him; in fitting with the off-beat comedy of this soap opera.
    Hi Raymott,

    Thank you for your interpretation. It's close to the scenario.

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