Quaint Reed Dance's grand finale'
LOBAMBA – Women from South Africa, clad in colourful traditional attire, yesterday joined the thousands local members of the Lutsango women’s regiment to celebrate this year’s Reed Dance.
The event, marking the last day of the week-long women’s Reed Dance activities, was held at the Ludzidzini Royal Residence.
In Siswati, the word ‘Lutsango’ means boundary and ironically, that is what the reed the women went to cut and later delivered at the royal residence will be used for.
It is normally used to make traditional windbreakers at royal residences.
Yesterday’s event started just after lunch.
At first, the Lutsango members delivered the reed, which they had obtained from KaGcina near Matsapha on Friday. While they delivered the reed, near one of the cattle byres at the royal residence, journalists were barred from taking pictures.
The press control officers explained that an order had been issued, to the effect that no journalist should be allowed near the area. However, immediately after the women had delivered the reed, they proceeded to the sports ground where they paraded while displaying their dancing skills.
Police PRO Superintendent Wendy Hleta, who was the Master of Ceremonies (MC) of the event, anno-unced that the Lutsango members from South Africa was composed of people from Limpopo, Gauteng and Nelspruit to name a few.
Dressed in the Zulu traditional attire, the women’s regiment from South Africa were show-stoppers as they danced in jubilation.
The Lutsango regiment from the Royal Swaziland Police also showcased their dancing skills while parading before Their Majesties.
His Majesty the King who was accompanied by regiments arrived at 4.16pm – marking the start of the event. Also present was Her Majesty the Queen Mother.
However, journalists were barred from taking her pictures. No reasons were given.
The next Reed Dance will be for maidens and will be held between August and September this year.
The public holiday to mark this annual event, which usually attracts tourists from all over the world, is on September 3, 2012.
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