MULTAN: When the residents of Multan passed by a cheerful crowd of colourfully dressed people dancing to music played by a marching band, they assumed it was a party. But, their misconception eroded off soon as they found a coffin draped in a white cloth seated in the middle.
It was indeed not a party; it was the funeral ceremony of a 107-year-old Christian leader in Multan who had passed away two days ago. According to the family members of late Baba Buzurg Sardar Maseeh, it was the will of the deceased to have his funeral celebrated with an orchestra.
Even the ambulance carrying his coffin was decorated.
The family members told the media that according to their custom, anyone who reads the bible regularly after crossing the age of 100 automatically becomes the “Bible minister”, and his death is meant to be celebrated as he has then become “pure”.
The family also expressed joy over the fact that the sardar was able to cross his 100 years, and they hoped that he would be welcomed into heaven the same way he was bid farewell from earth.