Where: KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
For visitors to KwaZulu-Natal, one of South Africa’s most popular tourist destinations, the annual Reed Dance festival offers the unique opportunity to experience the natural beauty and majesty of the Kingdom of the Zulu, combined with the vibrant spectacle of Zulu cultural life and landscapes. The Reed dance itself is a dignified traditional ceremony, whilst at the same time the occasion offers a vibrancy and festivity that depicts the rich cultural heritage of the Kingdom of the Zulu and celebrates the proud origin of the Zulu people.
The event is no small affair, with some 30,000 maidens involved who all carry the reeds to Enyokeni Palace. Thousands more witness the event, including international tourists and representatives from royal families from across the continent. The maidens are led by Zulu Princesses into the Palace, where reeds are removed from the fence which was built by the maidens who brought the reeds the previous year to be replaced with a fresh one constructed from the new crop.
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