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Ibo Ceremonies and
Social Gatherings

Bride Price Ritual
Weddings (Igbankwu)
Birth Ceremony
Kola Nut Ceremony
Egwugwu Ceremony
The Feast of the
New Yam
held at the bride's compound
there's a bunch of little things the bride and groom will do in order to show that they're qualified to be a good spouse
nowadays, Ibo weddings follow traditional church weddings
varies from village to village
on the twenty-eighth day, a naming ceremony is performed
similar to our present day Thanksgiving and New Year
gives thanks to the earth goddess, Ani
yams from the previous year are disposed of in order to prepare for new ones
performed to welcome guests into house
passed around and shown to each visitor, each visitors have certain things to perform
the breaking of it is the most significant part of the
ritual, and the more parts the nut breaks into, the
more prosperity it gives to the group
like a modern day trial
settles a dispute between two families
the egwugwu addresses both families and then
the egwugwu finds a verdict
when the husband and wife have been separated or some time
ceremony is held to see if she has been faithful to him
wife is asked questions; if they believe she is telling the truth, they cut the hen's throat open
Dowry is determined for which the bride's family must pay.
Present bamboo sticks instead of cowries; cowries are actually paid at the wedding.
Similar to modern engagements.
don't mourn the deceased; they celebrate
ceremonies are vivid and bright, littered
with traditional dances, singing, masquerades,
as well as animal sacrifices
spirit is asked to move on peacefully
Ibo Masquerades (Mmanwu)
very colorful clothes and masks
associated with spiritual elements, and they believe they represent images of deities or deceased relatives
all performed by men, maintain peace
similar to our mardi gras
Ibo Calendar
traditional calendar is based on lunar calendar
four market days (Eke, Orie, Afo, Nkwo)
13 months/year, end of the year is in July
follow the dates by market days, not like our calendar
Works Cited
Widjaja, Michael “ Igbo Masquerades” , “Things Fall Apart” 6 February 2013.Web.
Widjaja, Michael “Traditional Family Ceremonies, “Things Fall Apart” 6 February 2013. Web.
Kucharski, Mike. “Ceremonies, Social Gatherings, and Rituals”. “Things Fall Apart”. Web. 4 Feb. 2013. <https://sites.google.com/site/southwindsoribo/ceremonies-social-gatherings-and-rituals>
Works Cited Cont.
Anna Bowman & Kira Taylor
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