Mandela family mark end of mourning period

IMG_0432The family of former president Nelson Mandela spent the weekend in Qunu in the Eastern Cape to mark the end of the mourning period.

The mourning period ended six months after Mandela was buried in Qunu on December 15th 2013

A cleansing ceremony was performed in Qunu on Sunday (15th June 2014) where traditional beer and meat was prepared for the family members. The elders of the Mandela family have also addressed other family members.

Former presidents daughter, Zindzi Mandela said, “There is so much beauty and wisdom in our cultural practices and every routine experience teaches us new lessons.”

She confirmed that her mother, Winnie Madikezela Mandela’s black clothes that she wore during her 6 month mourning period were burnt by the Madiba elders on the Saturday (14th June 2014) evening , symbolising a new beginning with the acceptance of Madiba’s passing.

Zindzi Mandela added, “The Madikizelas took over today’s ceremony by dressing my mother in new traditional garb whilst bearing gifts for the Mandela elders. According to our traditional protocols, a new bedroom suite was bought which will replace her old bed. It was rewarding to be with both the Madikizela and Mandela families and the community of Qunu, with lots of laughter, food and traditional songs.”

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