Amazing African Traditional Zulu Wedding (uDwendwe)


The Bride and her bridesmaids singing & preparing to go to the field (esigcawini) The Bride and her bridesmaids singing & preparing to go to the field (esigcawini) The songs say “Grooms Father please open the Gates ‘ The songs say “Grooms Father please open the Gates ‘ “Open the Gates so that we can Enter” “Open the Gates so that we can Enter” The Groom is also accompanied by his Groomsmen The Groom is also accompanied by his Groomsmen The bride is asked “Makoti (Bride) Do you really Love the man you are about to marry, note you are not forced? ” The bride is asked “Makoti (Bride) Do you really Love the man you are about to marry, note you are not forced? ” The Bride responds with a Song “Umathandana wami” (My Love) The Bride responds with a Song “Umathandana wami” (My Love) while she dances in a traditional dance called ukugida or ukusina The dance Performed by the man in suit is called Ukugiya. it is a dance done by a male that symbolizes his Joy The dance Performed by the man in suit is called Ukugiya. it is a dance done by a male that symbolizes his Joy The Bride goes to her fetch her Husband as she has accepted that they do love each other The Groom is carrying a shield & a spear (Ihawu) and also dressed in animal skin (Ibheshu) they dance together, the Women sings “oh my love oh my Love” the Men sing “yes my virgin woman yes my Virgin woman” singing Both men and women of the village show their traditional dancing skills Both men and women of the village show their traditional dancing skills singing In Zulu Culture a real Man must know how to do this dance The Men praises himself, in the olden days this was a way to charm ladies in the village This called Umabo- bringing of gifts for the bride’s mother and close family) may follow, umbondo ( the bride brings groceries for the groom’s family) The Groom is covered with a blankets and he pretends to be sleeping. He gets a beating from the Brides side. he needs to wake up and run as soon as possible The Bride must know that she must wake up very early and cook for me The Mother in-laws and family members receive blankets and more gifts The whole ceremony gets reported to the ancestors and the new bride is also introduced to the ancestors

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