Nelson Mandela was buried on Sunday -December 15 ,2013.South Africa’s first black president and one of the 20th century’s iconic political figures was laid to rest on a family estate in Qunu.
The funeral opened with a two-hour public ceremony for about 4,500 invited guests, including senior politicians and foreign dignitaries.
Over 450 people, including Mandela’s widow Graca Machel and ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, participated in the private burial.
Among the 450 mourners at the private burial ceremony were relatives, political leaders and foreign guests including Britain’s Prince Charles, American civil rights activist Reverend Jesse Jackson and talk show host Oprah Winfrey.
Mandela died aged 95 in Johannesburg on December 5, plunging his 52 million countrymen and women and millions more around the world into grief, and triggering more than a week of official memorials to one of the towering figures of the 20th century.
Over 100,000 people paid their respects in person at Mandela’s lying in state at Pretoria’s Union Buildings, where he was sworn in as president in 1994, an event that brought the curtain down on more than three centuries of white domination.
The funeral was held according to the traditional burial rituals of Mandela’s Xhosa clan, which included the slaughter of an ox last night – a ritual performed at various milestones throughout a person’s life.