Traditional Ceremonies of Zambia Nc’wala

Nc'wala ceremony of the Ngoni

The Nc’wala is a thanksgiving ceremony held every year at Mtenguleni village in the Eastern Province of Zambia. It is celebrated by the Ngoni people who are found in the Chipata District and it is held in February each year.

The ceremony gives thanks for the first harvest of the season.

This ritual ceremony has been passed on to current generations by Ngoni ancestors who originated from old Zulu culture. The Ngoni the start of the rains usually in October or November means the new year has come. Land is cultivated, seeds planted and harvest sacramental meal and celebration is offered to the Paramount Chief and the ancestors. 

Author: Beren

Rhade Funashi or Beren is a Zambian blogger involved with a number of projects to make available to internet the surrounding value of data in the region

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