Travel The annual Royal Zulu Reed Dance Festival in Swaziland

The annual Royal Zulu Reed Dance Festival

Every year in September over 25 thousand Zulu Maidens gather at King Goodwill Zwelithini’s royal palace for the Zulu Reed Dance (uMkhosi woMhlanga). The Reed dance is a colourful and cultural celebration that promotes respect for young women, and preserves the custom of keeping girls as virgins until marriage.

More than twenty thousand Zulu virgins gather at the residence of the kings Zulu traditional Enyokeni this colorful and meaningful ceremony every September. In the old days, women gathered at the ceremony Reed (Umkhosi woMhlanga) and men in the ceremony of the First Fruits. (Umkhosi wokweshwama).
Regiments of women during the reign of the first kings were classified into age groups.

The Princess Royal
The historical roots of the Zulus are based on Nkabazwe (homeland), which is the source of civilization. Zulu King Goodwill Zwelethini The kaBhekuzulu lwezwe uHlanga called because the links with their common ancestors. When the Zulus moved south, traveled in 'isilulu' rafts made of reeds. Hence the Zulu phrase 'Sehl ngesilulu "meaning" that came by traditional boats.
The Zulu Reed Dance is an educational experience and opportunities for young girls to learn how to behave before the king.
This is carried out the delivery of cane sticks and dancing. Maidens learn and understand the songs while the young princesses lead the virgins. The maids dress "izigege 'and' izinculuba" showing their butts. Traditional dress includes beads to symbolize the beauty of Africa's best.
At this stage the girls are taught by older women how to behave and be proud of their virginity and naked bodies. That allows maidens to expect respect from their suitors who intend to approach them during the ceremony.


Zulu Maidens singing and dancing at the King's annual Zulu Reed Dance





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