Umkhosi woMhlanga



Revived in 1984 by the current Monarch, UMkhosi woMhlanga (sometimes called the Reed Dance) has become a popular cultural heritage and tourism attraction, which lures thousands of tourists both domestic and international. This spectacular ceremony has not only caught the attention of people all over the world but has brought in a sense of pride to the people of KwaZulu-Natal for their rich culture and heritage.
During the two-day event, thousands of maidens from all parts of the province and elsewhere swell eNyokeni Royal Palace in kwaNongoma. Pulsating song and dance sequences while pounding African drumbeats enhance the festive atmosphere as the nations' daughters are celebrated. The event climaxes in a colorful procession of the reed bearing maidens who are led by the King's daughters. And, during that magnificent period, the Royal Palace of eNyokeni provides a canvass for spectators from near and far to witness a blissful and colourful memorable image of one of the most sacred of Zulu culture being displayed before their very eyes.
This is an event of great beauty, and it is this beauty that Zulu maidens have such a great desire for. The dancing, the movement and the rhythm, the entire presentation of budding womanhood is pregnant with meaning. It is the life of a nation that is being extolled. It is the newness of every fresh opportunity to make good the rest of life that is being extolled. It is, in fact the heart of the nation which is being venerated in the promise of things to come through a new generation of women that is being celebrated.