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Tens of thousands of maidens, led by Swazi princesses, provide a sea of colour as they dance and sing, proudly carrying their cut reeds Tens of thousands of maidens, led by Swazi princesses, provide a sea of colour as they dance and sing, proudly carrying their cut reeds

Umhlanga Reed Dance Dates Announced

The dates for what is hailed as the biggest cultural event in Eswatini (formerly Swaziland) have been announced and a hive of colourful activities will soon descend upon the country in the form of the festival known as Umhlanga or Reed Dance.

The Festival is set to start on August 28, with the main day (Day Seven) set to take place on September 03. It will be on this day when the main ceremony occurs, with the dancing attended by the King signalling a public holiday in Eswatini.

This ceremony is an amazing spectacle and a centuries-old tradition where the Kingdom’s unmarried and childless females present their newly cut reed to the Queen Mother to protect her residence. The King sometimes makes use of the occasion to publicly court a prospective fiancée or Liphovela.