LIT­TLE INCWALA BE­GINS

Observer on Saturday - - News - By MbonoMd­luli

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.

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