Trees planted at Reed Dance

2011-09-12 00:00

MORE than 30 000 Zulu maidens participated in the two-day annual Umkhosi woMhlanga (Reed Dance) that took place at King Goodwill Zwelithini’s Royal Palace of Nyokeni at the weekend.

During the ceremony maidens led by the king’s daughters present him with reeds symbolising their purity. Then the king addresses them and the nation at large.

This year’s event was attended by President Jacob Zuma, KZN Premier Zweli Mkhize and United Democratic Movement (UDM) leader Bantu Holomisa.

The event, which has become a popular fixture on the cultural tourism calendar, is organised by the KZN Arts and Culture Department in conjunction with the royal family.

Another highlight of this year’s event was the planting of trees around the royal palace at Nyokeni, which some leaders and the maidens carried out.

The ceremony continued yesterday and no untoward incidents had been reported by the time the maidens started to leave last night.

A spokesperson for the Arts and Culture Department , Vukani Mbhele, reportedly said this year’s event was the biggest and that the planting of trees will in future be an integral part of the ceremony.

Zulu maidens do a traditional dance after presenting their reeds to King Goodwill Zwelithini to symbolise their purity.

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