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    King Mswati goes into annual seclusion

    APA-Mbabane (Swaziland)

    King Mswati III of Swaziland has gone into the annual cultural seclusion, where he will be away from the public eye for almost three months, APA can report on Friday.

    The king is participating in the annual Incwala ceremony, which involves various stages of performing cultural rituals, spanning over a period of three months.
    The king will not be available to participate in any national or international assignments during this period, and he is usually represented by Prime Minister Barnabas Dlamini.
    During the early stages of the ceremony a group of traditional warriors from a specific clan is dispatched to the Red Sea in Maputo, where they fetch sea water and bring it in containers to be used in the performance of some sacred rituals.
    On their return with the water, the little Incwala begins, where younger boys dance at one of the royal palaces, while older warriors assist with the performance of the private rituals at the Ludzidzini Royal residence.
    At the end of the first stage, traditional authorities declare the day of the main dance a public holiday where all regiments are joined by general members of the public in song and dance. The king also makes his first public appearance when he also dances.
    This year, it is speculated that the main dance will be held on January 05, 2018 as it was forecast that there has to be a full moon on the day.
    After this, the king goes back into seclusion until February, when he re-appears to attend his first assignment of the year, which is the official opening of the parliament.


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