It was a 4 day long event packed with various activities/ceremonies which all together form a full burial ceremony in Asaba, Delta State of Nigeria.
The major attire for this burial ceremony was white [for all] as is the tradition in Nigeria when the late person is over 70 years of age.
"White" depicts that he achieved a ripe old age and his death is a celebration of his Life Lived.
The 4 day event rolled out starting with;
- The service of songs - which was on the evening of the 1st day for 40 minutes - officiated by a catholic priest and light refreshments followed.
- The brief Lying in State in his home, Funeral Mass in church, Internment at his house [he was buried beside his late wife on his premises] and Reception all rolled in to one was on day 2.
- The dancehathon by all females and males in the family in the family square occurred on the 3rd day. - the Females did most of the dancing [dressed in white wrappers tied on the chest] we had dance groups and had to dance on the streets to the beat and singing of our groups. The dancing ended with a special gun salute to signify the end of the burial ceremony.
- On the fourth day Sunday there was a thanksgiving mass and it was all over.
All in all we successfully sent "Ogbuechi" [as he was fondly called by all and as per tradition] forth back to his Maker. Dust on to Dust!
Rest in Peace Obguechi!