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Wedding planning scene

Traditional zulu wedding in South Africa Mzansi

The traditional Zulu wedding is called umabo.When a Zulu girl informs her father that she’s ready to get married, her father arranges a ceremony to inform the public about her availability.

Once the bride has found her prince, the negotiations for her cattle for lobola can begin.

The wedding process starts off with ilobola, which is arguably the most important aspect of the wedding and marriage.

This is when the groom’s family and the bride’s family meet officially to discuss the groom’s intentions for his bride and how much he is willing to offer the family for their daughter.

Lobola is a way for the groom to show his appreciation for how the family has raised the woman he wants to marry.

It’s his way of saying thank you and it’s also compensation for the bride’s father. The groom acknowledges that he is taking her away from her family; some may say it’s an apology.

After lobola has been finalised, the wedding date is set. This process is called ukubona izinkomo. Once a date which suits both families is set, the bride’s family begins to prepare for the ceremony. The cows from lobola are often used for umabo.

The bride’s family will slaughter a goat after the ancestors have been told that she is getting married. The goat is used in a ceremony known as umncamo in order for the ancestors to protect the daughter.

The groom’s family will slaughter a goat to welcome the bride into the family.

Bride family send off.

The bride’s mother will give her daughter a blanket to cover herself as she leaves home. The bride is not allowed to look back as she heads towards the groom’s home.

The bride leaves early in the morning towards the groom’s residence.

The bride prepares to hit the dance floor by placing bags of pebbles onto her ankles.

Her veil is made of beads. Her knees and elbows are tied with fringes of oxtail. She also wears a goat-haired necklace. She also wears an isidwaba which is a leather skirt. She also wears isicwaya which covers her breasts.

Throughout the ceremony, the bride will carry a small knife to symbolise that she is a virgin.

The groom wears material that covers the following: hair, shoulders, buttocks, ankles, chest and wrists.

After the ceremony the bride is expected to stay with the groom’s family.

Lots of booze in the form of sorghum beer is made by the groom’s family for umabo. Traditional Zulu food is served.

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