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Lobola Ceremony at eLudzidzini Royal Residence

Neo Ntsoma | Lobamba, Swaziland

Organization: Neo Ntsoma Productions

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Day 1: The bride who is also the princess of the Kingdom of Eswatini anticipates the arrival of the groom and his entourage (Bayeni) to mark the start of the three day Lobola Ceremony. The groom (uMyeni) and his entourage are collectively referred to as Bayeni (grooms/inlaws).

About Swati Lobola Ceremony

The Swati Lobola Ceremony is a three day colorful and vibrant affair characterized by song, dance and feasting. It is the culmination of a previous process in which the groom’s family visits the bride’s family to initiate discussions that conclude in an agreement on the number of cows that the groom’s family should give to the bride’s family as a token of appreciation for having the bride join their new family. Lobola is given by the groom’s family also as a sign of commitment to creating and maintaining a healthy relationship between the two marrying families. The lobola ceremony is held at the bride’s home from Friday evening through Sunday afternoon.

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