15 December 2013 by Tara Turkington

The Eastern Cape bids final farewell to Nelson Mandela: Pictures

Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s greatest son, has been laid to rest in Qunu in the Eastern Cape.

Nelson Mandela, who was born in Mvezo during World War I and grew up in the village of Qunu in the Eastern Cape, was laid to rest here this afternoon.

His funeral followed 10 days in which South Africans celebrated his life in a multitude of ways, from singing and dancing in the streets of Mthatha while waiting for his funeral cortege to arrive, to paying tribute in Soweto, at his Houghton home, the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory and Nelson Mandela Square in Johannesburg, and at a memorial concert in Cape Town, and queuing to seeing him lying in state at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.

It wasn't only South Africans who mourned Madiba and celebrated his life. The Eiffel Tower was lit in South African colours. In London, people laid wreaths at South Africa House; there were so many different ways people paid tribute.

Here is a selection of pictures from the day of his burial, taken in and around Qunu.

Dawn breaks in Qunu

Qunu is a small village just off the N2 national highway, about 30 kilometres south of Mthatha

Breakfast for sale. The occasion sparked entrepreneurial activity such as selling food and Nelson Mandela memorabilia

The marquee where Nelson Mandela's funeral was held

Members of the military walking up the road to Nelson Mandela's funeral

A group of mourners who travelled by taxi all the way from Johannesburg

A mourner sits on a hillside above the ceremony

Amandla! A man walking his dog in Qunu spontaneously gives the power salute that was a symbol of the Struggle against apartheid

See also: Eastern Cape welcomes Mandela home: Pictures

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