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Swaziland makes the world sit up and take notice

The Southern African nation of Swaziland doesn”t register too highly with the wider world for most of the year.

However, during the Festival of First Fruits the country demonstrates its unique culture and language for all to see.

From late December to early January, the festival – known as Ncwala in the indigenous Swazi language – highlights the esteem in which the nation holds its ruling King with a series of ceremonies.

The celebration opens with the new moon toward the end of the year, when many people swarm to the beaches to daub themselves with sea foam which they believe has health-giving properties.

Throughout the event, the towns and villages of Swaziland come alive with traditional dancing, colourful costumes and the evocation of the ancient warrior tribes of the country”s rich history.

Visitors to this part of the continent should not miss the chance to experience Ncwala, one of the most unique and colourful festivals in this oft-overlooked nation.

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