Swaziland Reed dance Festival from August 26th – 1st September 2014

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The festival this year will start on August 26th, with the main day of the event (day 7) to happen on September1st. This is when the main ceremony occurs, with the dancing attended by the King. This will be a public holiday in Swaziland.

This ceremony is a centuries old tradition where the Kingdom¹s unmarried and childless females present their newly cut reed to the Queen Mother to protect her residence. The King sometimes makes use of the occasion to publicly court a prospective fiancée or Liphovela.

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