LITTLE INCWALA BEGINS
he sacred Incwala ceremony is now underway at Ludzidzini Royal Residence. It starts with the Little Incwala which is immediately after the Water Party (Bemanti) have returned from Mozambique where they had been performing sacred assignments, as per the dictates of the customary law. They are said to have returned last weekend.
The cultural event started yesterday when the warriors (emabutfo) marched from Ngabezweni Royal Residence to Ludzidzini Royal Residence.
The emabutfo marched from Ngabezweni yesterday afternoon using the Lozitha-Ludzidzini road.
Emabutfo were in a very happy mood during the march to Ludzidzini, showing that they had been eagerly waiting for this day to come. The throngs of warriors were given time to rest next to the Inyatsi Construction site offices.
The warriors rested next to the site offices for 30 minutes. After that, they proceeded to march to the
TLudzidzini Royal Residence. They were led by the Umbutfo Eswatini Defence Force (UEDF), Royal Eswatini Police Service (REPS), and His Majesty’s Correctional Services (HMCS) respectively.
Emabutfo were allowed to enter at Ludzidzini Royal Residence at about 5:30pm, where they danced and showed that they were doing something they loved and excited about.
They then entered the Ludzidzini cattle byre and the media was not allowed access there.
The Little Incwala is expected to take up to two weeks as it will be danced for some days in each of the several Royal Residences around the country. While the dance continues, Ingaja will then be commissioned by His Majesty King Mswati III to cut the sacred shrub (Lusekwane) at places like Gundvwini, Lwandle and Nhlambeni.
After delivering the Lusekwane at Ludzidzini, the main Incwala would then take place, where everyone is welcome to take part and dance. Usually, a public holiday is announced in honour of this event.