The Incwala , or the first fruits ceremony, in which the King plays a dominant role, is the most sacred of all the Swazi rituals. It is held in December or January on date chosen by the traditional astrologers in conjunction with the faces of the moon and the sun.The ritual begins with a journey by the “Bemanti” ( people of the waters) to the Indain ocean to collect water and on their return to the royal kraal, the little incwala begins,on the new moon.
At the full moon, youths from all over the kingdom travel to collect the sacred branches of the “lusekwane” shrub, a species of acacia.
On the third day a bull is ritually slaughtered by the youth, instilling solidarity among them and a spirit of valour. The fourth day is the culmination of the Incwala when the King, in full ceremonial dress , join his warriors in the traditional dance. He then enters a special sanctuary after futher rituals , eats the first fruits of the season. On the appearance of the king to his people, may also eat these fruits with the blessings the ancestors.
The itinerary is as Follows but we have added the other attractions of this tour because the the Incwala ceremony does not start until 11 a.m
We will pick you up from your place of stay and head down to Manzini and have breakfast in the market where you can try the local dish while you are learning the local language. Look around the Market and shop around for about 45 minutes to an hour.
Head over to Swazi candles- this is a hive of shops its all under one roof. You will have the colorful candles crafted by local artist by hand it’s a must see Not only is there a stunning variety of thousands of candles on display in the factory shop but visitors are welcome to watch the candle making process in the work shop.
With the area you will find the following shops-Swazi sense natural soap, rose craft, sambane café, Kwazi swazi, baobab Batik and also lots of open market stalls.
Malandelas Complex will tend to calm you down and you will feel like have having coffee in the restaurant but there won’t be enough time.
Visit Gone rural, baobab batik shop, House on fire to see the impressive house of entertainment in Swaziland .
We can also combine it with the Cultural village where we will have a tour of the village with the guide explaining the Swazi culture and the Swazi family set up.
See the Swazi traditional Dance performed by both Male and females- you can join then at the end of the performance and have fun.
We are now going to head straight to the Incwala ceremony where we will change into our traditional gear ( provided we were able to get more attire) for every one.
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Myxo mdluli is the mastermind behind the creation of this amazing experience, he is now 48 years old and still going strong in his passion to meet travellers from all over the world, he is a well-travelled person himself if you compare him to his fellow local people.
Myxo’s love of travelling makes it much easier to communicate well with him, he is very easy going and very friendly person if you really need your visit to this country to be amazing start do insist that you want to at least meet him for a short time before he goes off to do other chores, but you may be lucky that he will have time and spend it with you during your entire stay. He is speaks a few languages, this makes him understand other cultures… you will truly enjoy meeting him.
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