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Party Like A South African // Tombstone Unveiling

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Dumelang!
In addition to July 4th being the day of Independence in America, it was also my family’s TOMBSTONE UNVEILING! (also, follow me on Instagram for my Fourth of July post hehe @morganleestoner)
What is a Tombstone Unveiling, you ask?
In South African culture, when someone dies they are buried in a rudimentary grave with rocks and a place-holder tombstone, but sometime after the death, the family buys a tombstone and “unveils” it. Unlike American funerals, which can be a somber affair, South African funerals and Tombstone Unveilings are straight up parties.
Recipe for a great Tombstone Unveiling: 500 plus guests (some of whom just show up because they see a party happening, and that’s totally okay because in SA, invites are NOT required)Enough food to feed said guests (including the ceremonial slaughtering of a cow)Alcohol (they actually spend days brewing their own African beer)DJ and dancing I spent 30 minutes talking to my supervisor about the reasoning behind Tombstone Unv…