Friday, August 1, 2008

My First Burial: Celebrating Life of 120 years!




Our office admin Mommy's (as she is lovingly called in office) mother-in-law passed away at the glorious age of 120! In Nigeria burials, especially of elderly people, are regarded as opportunities of celebration rather than mourning and the party can take place within 1-3 months of the person's demise. This burial was arranged as the commonly seen "street party" (tents, chairs and tables are arranged in a street with feet-tapping and bum-bum shaking Afro-beat music). Most guests wear the same fabric and there is lots of food, drinks and return gifts (very useful items like umbrellas, cups, bags etc.....at this party we got salt, tomato paste, cup and hankerchief). I even experienced the practice of "spraying", where people literally spray money at each other....

3 comments:

Anuragini said...

Hmmm... you are almost a Nigerian I think :)

Interesting to read about the customs around burying old people...

roji said...

yea, i have heard about such customs elsewhere also.

Hey, nice pictures. you look great Mana..

Monica said...

wow, you look so beautiful in your nigerian outfit!!!!!
you should become a spokesperson for the nierian tourism industry!!!!!