Morning Precious! I’m beside myself to be featuring one of many cultural weddings that will grace the pages of Bontle Bride in the next couple of weeks. Shuu! I feel like blogging them all in one go. However “good things come to those who wait” So make sure you visit often to see gorgeousness on another level.
Nozuko and Tando had their Xhosa traditional wedding in their village on the soil of Eastern Cape (a magnificent little place with tremendous views). I think it’s very admirable to see a young couple have a totally traditional Xhosa wedding which was centred on their culture. It really speaks volumes of who they are; young, so in love and fiercely proud of their roots.
Xhosa Wedding Explained
There’s something very special that the XHOSA people do once lobola/dowry has been taken care of. Usually, a cow or goat will be slaughtered to signify the occasion. Then elders will be invited to hold a ceremonial ritual to bless the marriage. Whoever wishes to participate in the ceremony can, provided they are of age and know exactly what they are talking about. Some elders will use this opportunity to impart pearls of wisdom to both the bride and her groom. In some cases, these types of talks can take up to two days.
Afterwards, there is what we call ukucanda ibala. It’s when the bride and her groom walk along the main road dancing to traditional music to make it known to the community that they are now husband and wife. After this walk, everyone gets fed and watered and all depart to their own homes. Then they live happily ever after. This is my short version of the traditional XHOSA wedding the way I remember it. If I’ve left something of significance out; please feel free to add your comment.
Nozuko and Tando are an honest, fun and loving couple. The testimonials from friends and family proves this, but above all, their respect and love for each other, their family and friends, gave extra meaning to this day.
Thank you Nozuko and Tando for sharing your wedding with us. It was truly a breath of fresh air.
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