When I went down to the beach at 7am this morning, armed with my camera, there was a trail of offerings to far out of sight all along the beach – chooks, flowers, fruit especially watermelon, broken up shrines, candles and some intact offerings punctuated with carnations and dahlias and other flowers, indicating I should have been there several hours earlier. Surely I didn’t miss the whole thing? “Feb 2” is the date for the ceremonies honoring Imanja, but perhaps it is the first tide after midnight or something -or maybe it’s all day, and so we we will wander down tonight around midnight to see if it is, or whether I have missed it yet again, sigh – I might need to become a follower to know what’s going on when!
I wasn’t even on to the beach when I came across this one – certainly in a traffic area along a path/highway – which is meant to increase the strength/value of the offering, I’m told. Refer to my previous post on this.
As I mentioned, some devotees even launch their offerings into the sea:
but maybe the waves were a bit robust this year – these were some of the wrecked craft along the beach this morning. (dimensions between 1m and 1.75m)