Swaziland is a small country bordering S.Africa and Mozambique and is ruled by a King. It is traditional for a man to have more than one wife and the King of Swaziland takes a new wife each year. He has ruled for 13 years and is now seeking his 14th wife! Each year, a reed dance festival is held, where all the young maidens from all the various tribal areas in Swaziland congregate and present themselves to the 'world' and the King! They dress up in bright traditional garments and sing and dance for all to see. Young and old join in and the men are present in droves. Heaps of photos to browse through, but notice the Swazi king in the last photo with many surrounding dignitaries.
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Swaziland, a small landlocked country in Southern Africa, is one of the last absolute monarchies in the world. The king, King Mswati III (since 1986) is an absolute monarch with supreme executive, judicial and legislative powers and more than half of the country’s territory is held by the crown. With Mbabane as the capital city, Swaziland’s population is around 1 138 000.
What to see / do
• Adventure Caving
• Bird Watching
• Bushmen Paintings
• Craft & Art Galleries
• Guided Tours
• Horse Riding
• River Rafting
• Walking or Hiking
• Reed Dance - Thousands of unmarried girls dancing to music, held in August.
• Incwala (Festival of the First Fruits) - Colourful and sacred festival held in December.
• The Bushfire Festival - International festival held in May to celebrate the arts for fund raising towards critical social needs.
UMHLANGA /REED DANCE /2007
Umhlanga Reed Dance Ceremony at the Queens Royal Village - Ludzidzini, Swaziland
Reed Dance Ceremony 2009 in Swaziland.
Reed Dance Ceremony 2009 in Swaziland
Reed Dance Ceremony 2009 in Swaziland held on the 31st of August.
Umhlanga, or Reed Dance ceremony, is an annual Swazi and Zulu tradition held in August or September of each year. Tens of thousands of unmarried and childless Swazi/Zulu girls and women travel from their villages to participate in the eight-day event. In Swaziland they gather at the Queen Mother's royal village, which currently is Ludzidzini Royal Village, while Nongoma is the site of the royal reed dance in Zululand. After arriving at the Queen Mother's royal residence, or Enyokeni Palace in Zululand, the women disperse the following night to surrounding areas and cut tall reeds. The following night they bundle them together and bring them back to the Queen Mother to be used in repairing holes in the reed windscreen surrounding the royal village. After a day of rest and washing the women prepare their traditional costumes consisting of a bead necklace, rattling anklets made from cocoons, a sash, and skirt. Many of them carry the bush knife they used to cut the reeds as a symbol of their virginity.
Today's Reed Dance ceremony developed in the 1940's and 50's from the Umcwasho custom where young girls were placed in age regiments to ensure their virginity. Once they reached the age of marriage they would perform labor for the Queen Mother followed by dancing and a feast. The official purpose of the annual ceremony is to preserve the women's chastity, provide tribute labor for the Queen Mother, and produce solidarity among the women through working together.
The women sing and dance as they parade in front of the royal family as well as a crowd of spectators, tourists and foreign dignitaries. After the parade, groups from select villages take to the center of the field and put on a special performance for the crowd. The King's many daughters also participate in the Umhlanga ceremony and are distinguished by the crown of red feathers in their hair.
One of the main objectives of the Reed Dance is for the king to choose another wife.
Swazilend 2009. Reed Dance. Снято окончание церемонии "танец тростника" в Свазиленде. Девушки пошли на прорыв сквозь строй полисменш.
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The Swaziland Reed Dance is an annual ceremony in which young maidens dance before their king. The King in turn chooses a new wife from the young virgins. To access the full documentary on Swaziland go to www.satvchannel****
2012 Umhlanga (Reed Dance) festival at the Royal Village of Ludzidzini, Swaziland
A slideshow of some photos taken during the Reed Dance Ceremony (Umhlanga) in Swaziland.
Performed by South African dancers during the Reed Dance Ceremony in Swaziland.
The Reed Dance Ceremony is a cultural event in the Kingdom of Swaziland that takes place late August or early September of the year. Maidens from every area of the kingdom participate to honor and pay homage to the Queen mother. The day of the Reed Dance begins with bathing and grooming prior to appearing before the king and queen mother. The girls wear short beaded skirts decorated with fringes and buttons, together with anklets, bracelets and necklaces and colorful sashes. The Royal Family Princesses wear red feathers in their hair and lead the maidens to perform before their majesties. The Reed Dance attracts young maidens and young men from across the Kingdom and fosters the unity of the clans which characterizes modern Swaziland and devoid of tribal differences.
This is a my 2nd slideshow of photos and clips taken during the Reed Dance Ceremony in the Kingdom of Swaziland.
Reed Dance Ceremony (Umhlanga) is a cultural event in the Kingdom of Swaziland. Held annually during early spring of the year.
Watch and enjoy the event for a true African experience.
A must to see for an African tour.