The Reed Festival

The Reed Dance ceremony also known as Umhlanga, is a Yearly Swazi and Zulu cultural event.In Swaziland, tens of thousands of unmarried and childless Swazi girls and women travel from the various chiefdoms to the Ludzidzini Royal Village to engage in the event scheduled to last 8 days.The young, unmarried girls are placed in female age-regiments; girls who had fallen pregnant outside wedlock had their families fined a cow. Umhlanga was created in the 1940s in Swaziland under the rule of Sobhuza II, and is an adaptation of the much older Umcwasho ceremony.The reed dance continues to be practiced today in Swaziland. In South Africa, the reed dance was introduced in 1991 by Goodwill Zwelithini, the current King of the Zulus. The dance in South Africa takes place in Nongoma, a royal kraal of the Zulu king.

 

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