|Zulu Reed Dance (uMkhosi woMhlanga)
||Zululand, South Africa
R450 -R495 pp. Light picnic.
||1 September 2012
Over twenty thousand Zulu virgins gather at the Zulu Kings Enyokeni Traditional Residence for this very colourful and meaningful ceremony every September. In the olden days, females gathered at the Reed Ceremony (Umkhosi woMhlanga) and men at the First Fruits Ceremony. (Umkhosi wokweshwama). 1St September 2012.
The historical roots of the Zulus are based on Nkabazwe (land of origin) which is the source of civilisation. The Zulu King Goodwill Zwelethini kaBhekuzulu is referred to as uHlanga lwezwe because they link them with their common ancestors. When Zulus moved southwards they travelled in rafts 'isilulu' made of reeds.
The Zulu Reed dance is an educational experience and opportunity for young maidens to learn how to behave in front of the King.
This is done while delivering reed sticks and dancing. Maidens learn and understand the songs while the young princesses lead the virgins.Traditional attire includes beadwork to symbolise African beauty at it's best.
At this stage the maidens are taught by senior females how to behave themselves and be proud of their virginity and naked bodies. That allows maidens to expect respect from their suitors who intend approaching them during the ceremony.
Each maiden is to carry a reed from the river and present it to the King in a spectacular procession at the Enyokeni Palace. The girls converge in groups from the Zululand regions to the Kings Palace the day before the ceremony. The activity promotes purity among the virgin girls and respect for women. The Zulu Reed Dance ceremony is the key element of keeping young girls virgins until they are ready to get married.
Learn more about this highlight of the Zulu Year.Anyone of any significance of Zulu origin will surely be at this ceremony. President Zuma is a frequent visitor.
For Press Access and VIP Access you need to book through us as we have had over17 years experience doing this...you need to make sure you dont miss out on where to be at the right time.Over 30,000 maidens as well as visitors will be there,. We organise a light picnic lunch..We have limited seats available.Use your own vehicle if possible as this gives you flexibility to leave when you want to.Its a long day and we leave when the last person is ready!!.