Memories of a Zulu Traditional Wedding...
January 7, 2016 1:59am CST
I was browsing through my photos this morning and came across these beautiful memories from my sister's wedding. This was during her Zulu Wedding traditional ceremony. We are all wearing Zulu traditional attire. Ladies or young girls who on not married yet, wear a beaded band around their head. A married woman wears a hat called "Isicholo", its a symbol of respect, honour and shows that she has entered womanhood. She also wears a cape over her shoulders as a form of respect for the Elders in the family. Good times we had.
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• South Africa
10 Jan 16
In our culture when a couple is dating and the man wants to ask for the ladies hand in marriage. He first has a conversation with his partner about his intention of wanting to marry her and that he would like to go to her family and ask for her hand in marriage. If she agrees, she then speaks to her family about her partners request and the ladies family sets a date of when her boyfriend and his uncle's can come and to speak to her family. The two families then meet and the guy"s uncles then have the platform to state his intentions and ask the lady's father and family for permission to marry their daughter. This is called "Umcelo". On that same day if the lady"s family agree they then discuss and negotiate what is called "Lobola" which is the Bride Price. It is custom to pay in cows or money for your future wife. It is not that you buying your fiance, Its just custom and a token of appreciation that her family raised her well. A date is then set for the "Lobola" payments. Once Lobola is paid and other gifts have been sent by the man"s family to the lady's family it is then the lady's turn to buy gifts and take it with her family to her fiance"s family. During all this visits small celebrations are held at the respective family homes to celebrate the merging of two families. After all this a wedding date is set. The wedding process normally runs over two days. The first day is the Western-White wedding celebration and on day two you have the Zulu Wedding were we wear our cultural clothes. Its a huge celebration with a lot of customs conducted on that day. Sorry for the long explanation, but Zulu Weddings are a long process full of festivities, song and dance.