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    Swazis slaughter thousands of cattle for national events

    APA-Mbabane (Swaziland)

    Swaziland annually slaughters thousands of cattle as part of traditional events such as the Incwala National Prayer usually held in December.

    Other traditional events are the Royal Hunt held in January of each year; Weeding and Harvesting of Royal fields by traditional warriors, usually held between March and April; the Marula Festivals in March, and the Reed Dance ceremony in August.
    During most of these annual traditional events, South African traditionalists also participate because, apart from being a neighbouring country, some of the cultural activities that are practised in Swaziland are also observed in South Africa.
    The most attended of the events is the Reed Dance, where about 100 000 maidens dance before Royalty and invited guests, followed by the Incwala National Prayer ceremony which is attended by about 40 000
    traditional warriors and lasts for about three months.

    This ceremony sees the Swazi king going into seclusion for this period while he performs traditional rituals.
    The Royal Hunt is held after every four years, where traditional warriors are treated to a hunting expedition as a practice to cut down on wild animals in the country.
    The annual Marula Festivals feature mainly women, who go out to harvest the marula fruit and make a traditional brew which they then deliver at various royal palaces, to mark the official launch of the first fruit
    of the season where the king declares that the nation can now start harvesting their fields.
    After this festival warriors are commissioned to harvest the king’s fields.

    Meanwhile, Tibiyo Taka Ngwane, a company owned by the Royal family of Swaziland has revealed that cattle worth $375, 000 were slaughtered in a period of eight months to feed participants and guests of five national traditional events.
    Financial statements released by the company show about 600, 000 people were feed during the events that took place between December 2016 and August 2017.


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