Kingston 4 June 2019 – The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, is encouraging Jamaicans to observe ‘nine night’ in honour of the late former Prime Minister, the Most Honourable Edward Seaga.
“Wednesday will be nine days since the transition of Mr Seaga and, as you all know, our tradition is to observe the ninth night,” said Minister Grange who announced that a traditional ‘nine night’ for Mr Seaga will be held in the Tivoli Gardens Square on Wednesday evening, beginning at 7:30.
Minister Grange said Mr Seaga “spent much of his life studying, understanding, appreciating, preserving and promoting Jamaican culture and it was important to him that we take pride in our culture and participate in the rituals that our people have created, and the ‘nine night’ is an important ritual in our culture.”
The ‘nine night’, based on African tradition, is a wake that takes place on the ninth night after a person’s death.
Minister Grange has encouraged Jamaicans who are unable to attend the ‘nine night’ in Tivoli Gardens to organise their own tributes to the former Prime Minister on Wednesday.