The Ghanaian people and others from Western Africa find it very strange to find someone weeping and/or sorrowful on the day of a loved one’s funeral. In their mind, a funeral is not time for crying and jumping in coffins and 30 minute remarks, it’s time for a serious, over-the-top party.
The New York Times reported that the Ghanaian population in New York has risen considerably since 2005 at 14,000 to 21,000 (mainly concentrated in the Bronx). The Ghanaian culture has come to America with them and it appears that their way of mourning their loved ones is catching on in New York communities. Continue reading