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AFRICAN ZULU BRIDE TRADITIONAL WEDDING

AFRICAN ZULU BRIDE: KWA-ZULU NATAL

Traditional weddings are a lot different to western weddings. They entail a whole lot more than just looking pretty, music and dance. Traditional weddings have a special significance and that was what we witnessed this past weekend. Slindile invited us, her brides maids to assist her in celebrating the final stages of the wedding  between her and her husband and in this case between her family and his.

A traditional wedding is performed differently within different cultures. But tradition is important: Our traditions are the customs or beliefs we transfer from generation to generation.  Traditions are very important in the African culture because Tradition contributes a sense of comfort and belonging. African Zulu bride wedding traditions brings families together and enables people to reconnect with friends. Tradition reinforces values such as freedom, faith, integrity, a good education, personal responsibility, a strong work ethic, and the value of being selfless. Tradition offers a chance to say “thank you” for the contribution that someone has made. They also enable us to showcase the principles of our Founding Fathers, celebrate diversity, and unite as a country and in-between cultures. Tradition serves as an avenue for creating lasting memories for our families and friends. Tradition offers an excellent context for meaningful pause and reflection.

So this weekend we celebrated a long standing tradition in the form of an African Zulu bride wedding. A traditional marriage ceremony  is a last step after lobola negotiations has been finalized. This kind of marriage ceremony involves different cultures. Sometimes traditional marriage ceremony can be between two different cultures so those cultures will be represented on that day, although the bride will end up following her husband’s culture. This can be a little tricky if the family’s are from different cultures but Slindile and her husband are both Zulu.

A little history and context

The groom invites his in-laws to come to his home so that they will discuss the  marriage ceremony date (Ukubona izinkomo). The groom pays all the cows to the bride’s family and then they set a date which is best for both sides. After they agreed on a date the bride’s family will go back with the cows and start the wedding preparation. So because we live in cities and we are a bit urbanized, these preparations don’t exactly happen in this order. I mean we can’t bring cows to joburg can we, lol but I’m sure you get the point. Traditional weddings are usually done in villages or where the parents stay but always where most suitable.

The bride’s family buys gifts that she will give to her in-laws after the wedding ceremony such as: blankets, Zulu mats, brooms, clay pots, aprons and furniture. She will also buy a box (Kist) where she can put her clothes in and her husband’s gifts. The goat will be slaughtered after the head of the family has spoken to the ancestors that his daughter is getting married. The bride’s father buys a goat that will be used to perform a ceremony which is called umncamo and he wants the ancestors to protect her.
African Zulu Bride Farewell (Ukucimela): The family and relatives of the bride give gifts to the bride just to wish her a happy wedding and they advise her to be a good wife to her husband and family. The groom will buy two cows which will be slaughtered on the day of the ceremony. He will also buy a goat that will be slaughtered to welcome the bride. The groom’s family will prepare food and sorghum beer for a special day.

Wedding day:
Bride’s mother gives her daughter blanket that she will use to cover her body when she is leaving and her father will lead her to the kraal, and from the kraal they will go straight to the groom’s residence and the bride will be advised not to look back.

The bride’s family comes early in the morning so that the bride will steal the gate. The bride enters her husband’s home while nobody is noticing her. She enters in the kitchen and seat in the women’s side of the house. Then the groom’s family will pay for not being aware of the bride, they should have stopped her before she enters the house. The groom’s family will welcome the bride’s family and show them the room in which they can stay. In the midday the ceremony will start both bride and groom wear their traditional clothes.

Before the traditional clothes were worn, we had to escort the African Zulu Bride out of the gate to change to her White wedding dress. We and other female family members assisted her in getting dressed underneath the blankets,  She looked so pretty , it was overwhelming. When she was done we re-entered the gates of the residence in the white gown and the yellow dresses. When we reached the house, with everyone one celebrating around us, we changed into our traditional clothes. Bride’s maids wore the traditional Zulu attire for young girls with the modern traditional yellow and orange head bands and cute skirts.

African Zulu Bride outfit:

Isidwaba- leather skirt worn by married woman
Isicwaya-wear skin to cover breast
Inkehli- it covers females head

More contexts

Then the couple will go to an open place where they will perform their wedding and dance in a traditional way. After that they will go back home to eat. The bride will give her in-laws the gifts she brought and also the groom’s family will give the bride outfit that she will wear when she enters the kitchen.

Wedding bring two families together it actually build a relationship in the families that no one will separate because it also involves their ancestors. So the groom’s family takes a cow’s bile and split it to the bride which ensures that she now belongs to the groom’s family.

Below are a few images.

Enjoy

xoxo

Bride’s mother gives her daughter blanket that she will use to cover her body when she is leaving and her father will lead her to the kraal, and from the kraal they will go straight to the groom’s residence and the bride will be advised not to look back.

Groom wearing Zulu Tradition

Dancing

Bride Changes into her Wedding gown then she re-enters  the  Groom Residence.

African Zulu Bride Traditional Wear:

Isidwaba- leather skirt worn by married woman
Isicwaya-wear skin to cover breast
Inkehli- it covers females head

OMG Gorgeous

African Zulu Bride Traditional Wear:

Isidwaba- leather skirt worn by married woman
Isicwaya-wear skin to cover breast
Inkehli- it covers females head

Zulu Traditional Outfit worn by the brides maids.

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Cebi and Thithi

Cebi

Now for the Celebrations and food.

Bridal Party Table with the guys and the maid of Honour

Africa Zulu Wedding Decor

Fun and laughter

This was a happy day.. I always enjoy weddings

Me and my twin in photos… lol

Trying to get a photo op by myself.. was almost impossible #Sigh

African Traditional wedding decor

Thats a wrap.

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XOXO

 

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