I went to a funeral for the aunt-in-law of a lady I work with last week. It was pretty interesting. The women who died’s children all live in the USA so they spared no expense for this funeral.
After listening to some monks chant for a few hours, finally they placed this kind of stupa-shaped thing, draped in white cloth, on a cement block, and then everyone placed a candle and a sparkler on the stupa. Then, they doused it gasoline, and some on light a firecracker that zoomed along a string and sent the whole thing up in blazes.
During this whole time, various firecrackers and different colored smoke was emitted from the pyre.
It was interesting.