TOURISTS from Germany, Ireland and Switzerland attended the Maidens Ceremony in Kwanyuswa last Saturday. The ceremony, which provides a platform for maidens and educates them on teenage pregnancy, has become one of the events that attracts many international and local visitors. Ugu South Coast Tourism’s Nikki Tilley said the ceremony is not limited to maidens from the area, some come from outlying areas. Visitors also come from various destinations, including Cape Town. “The Maidens Ceremony celebrates young girls’ purity and their commitment to the Zulu culture,” said Tilley.Ugu South Coast Tourism CEO, Justin Mackrory, said the event saw hundreds of maidens and visitors gather at KwaNyuswa, Ezinqoleni. He said as tourism they are proud about the support received by this event.“We are extremely proud of our heritage and continue to support this event given its immense value in showcasing our culture. In addition to this, the interest this event creates, more specifically in our international markets, addresses one of our core mandates – development of the area through people, product and place,” he said.Mackrory said cultural immersion is remains high on visitors’ lists and an event such as the Maidens Ceremony is proving to become a “must-do” event on many of their agendas. Mackrory said the key objective of the ceremony is to select and prepare maidens who will qualify to attend the annual Reed Ceremony to be held at Nyokeni, Kwanongoma in September.At the event participants and visitors enjoyed traditional meals, including ujeqe (steamed bread).