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Parsi-navjote-sitting

Parsi Navjote ceremony (rites of admission into the Zoroastrian faith)

White clothing has significance in many religious faith traditions. Some of these traditions include:

  • Christianity: Christian baptismal garments are traditionally white. Some of the liturgical churches also prescribe white clothing for certain members of their clergy or religious orders; best known is the white clothing of the pope. Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints attach particular significance to white clothing. The officiant and the proselyte at a Mormon baptism are both dressed entirely in white. It is traditional, though not required, to dress babies and small children in white when they are blessed. In recent years, it has become common for men who bless or pass the sacramental tokens to wear ties and white shirts. Additionally, temple workers and temple patrons dress in white attire to work in the temple or participate in temple ordinances.
  • Judaism: The ceremonial Kittel, worn on religious holidays, is white to symbolize purity. The tallit katan is likewise white in color, as, on high holidays, is the gartel (belt, girdle, or sash).
  • Hindu: Widows are expected to dress in white clothing to signify their status. (See Mourning (Hindu).)
  • Buddhism: In many Asian cultures, white clothing is worn as a sign of mourning. It is the traditional color of funeral garb.
  • Zoroastrianism: Priests of the faith dress in white robes and caps.
  • Mandean: Adherents dress in the Rasta, a required white garment worn during baptisms and other ordinances.

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