Koror High Chief Ibedul Yutaka Gibbons’s remains arrived in Palau on Wednesday from Taiwan and was met by family, clan members, and traditional and elected leaders of both Koror State and the national government. The downcast weather matched the solemn crowd that awaited the high chief’s return.
The chief’s remains were taken by the Ngarametal of Koror followed by a motorcade to Palau Funeral Home until his funeral on November 23rd.
TAOR, a traditionally declared period of mourning has been imposed all over Koror State and parts of Airai. Large gatherings and celebrations are prohibited during this period. Public parks in Koror State, including Rock Islands and dive sites within Koror jurisdiction, have been closed and will continue to be closed until the TAOR is lifted on the 23rd of November.
Tourists divers that arrived in Palau during this period and were scheduled to have diving and camping activities within the Koror State rock islands and dive sites have been rerouted to other dive destinations in Peleliu and Babeldoab waters. “It is important that we honor our cultural traditions,” expressed Minister Ngirai Tmetuchl of MHRCT&D.
Three funeral ceremonies will be held on November 23rd for Koror High Chief Ibedul Yutaka Gibbons, state, national, and family funerals.