Zulu Reed Dance 2020 (Umkhosi Womhlanga)

HM King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu of Zulu kingdom, South Africa led social distanced celebrations to mark the Umkhosi Womhlanga or Zulu reed dance festival 2020 on 5th September.
The annual festival was restricted to a small gathering due to the COVID19 pandemic.

Reed dance is a festival celebrated both in Eswatini and Zulu kingdoms whereby the unmarried girls and young women cut reeds that are used for the queen’s residence. History Tradition indicates it was started in Eswatini in the 1940s as an adaptation of uMcwasho festival. With marriage of Princess Mantfombi Dlamini of Eswatini to King Goodwill Zwelithini of Zulu kingdom, South Africa, it was later introduced in Zulu kingdom in 1991 by the king. Its main purpose is to ensure chastity in the youth.

HRH Princess Cebolabo Zulu leads maidens at the Umkhosi Womhlanga or Zulu reed dance 2020. This year they carried posters instead of the reeds to highlight or rally against the increase murder and abuse of women in South Africa.

In attendance were also her elder sisters and other family members :
HRH Princess Mukelile Zulu
HRH Princess Sinethemba Zulu
HRH Princess Nqobangothando zulu

Happy Umkhosi Womhlanga
📷: Bheki Mthethwa

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