"Wear skirts, or you can't watch"

2009-09-11 00:00

WOMEN observers and journalists at the Reed Dance have been asked to wear skirts or they will not be allowed to watch the dance.

In Zulu culture, pants are not considered appropriate attire for women. This year’s Reed Dance ceremony will be held outside Nongoma and will be held over two days.

Women journalists have been warned to wear skirts or risk being turned away from the event, which attracts thousands of tourists worldwide annually.

KZN Department of Arts and Culture communication manager Vukani Mbhele said that a dress advisory was issued so that visitors will not offend King Goodwill Zwelethini. “The dance is considered a solemn prayer, so we want everyone to respect Zulu culture,” he said.

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