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Festivals

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Ku-omboka – The name means “to get out of the water onto dry ground”. Every year towards the end of the rainy season as the flood plain of the upper Zambezi Valley rises, the Lozi people make a ceremonial move to higher ground. When the Chief decides that it’s time to leave (anytime from February to May), the drums signal to all the people. They pack their belongings into canoes and the whole tribe leaves en mass. The chief in his barge with his family and a troop of traditionally dressed paddlers, in the lead. It takes about six hours to cover the distance between the dry season capital Lealui, and the wet season capital Limulunga. There the successful move is celebrated with traditional singing and dancing. This ceremony dates back more than 300 years when the Lozi people broke away from the great Lunda Empire to come and settle in the upper regions of the Zambezi. The vast plains with abundant fish was ideal for settlement but the annual floods could not be checked, so every year they move to higher ground until the rainy season passes. [zambiatourism]

Umutomboko – The celebration is an annual reminder of the victories of Chief Mwata Kazembe, when his great kingdom migrated en masse into Luapula from the Congo earlier this century. Legend has it, the dispersal began when the kingdom’s paramount chief, Mwata Yamva ordered his people to build a tower which would reach the sky so that they could bring him the sun and the moon. The tower collapsed during vain attempts to build it, killing many of the builders and causing many of the families to flee in terror. Under the leadership of Kazembe, they travelled away across the river and into the east conquering nearly all the tribes they encountered. Each time they conquered a people, they celebrated the victory which they called Umutomboko. [zambiatourism]

Shimunenga – Shimunenga is considered by the Ba-ila people of Maala to be a Divine Being to be approached when the crops need blessing, the cattle are to be taken to the plains or when a murder is committed. The Shimunenga Ceremony is the time for the people to thank their god for providing for them over the period which has just passed. The ceremony takes place once a year between September and November at the close of the old year and the beginning of the new. It lasts for 3 days and takes place at the home of the Ba-ila of Maala.Zambia culture and tradition – Shimunenga ceremony [zambiatourism]

Nc’wala – The Nc’wala ceremony involves Paramount Chief Mpezeni dressed in leopard skin re-enacting an old tradition which has roots in early Zulu culture. The Chief must taste the first fruits of the land, (usually maize, sugarcane and pumpkin). The King must then experience a ritual rebirth which involves home confinement for a period of time before the blessing of the fruits. [zambiatourism]

Likumbi Lya Mize – The Makishi masquerades are very popular in Zambia and are displayed with pride at the Likumbi Lya Mize ceremony on the last weekend of August every year. The Makishi come from a tradition of boys initiation in which moral lessons are imparted and practical life lessons to young boys between 8 and 12 are given. It now extends into a four day ceremony starting on a Wednesday and climaxing on a Saturday. The event takes place on both sides of the Zambezi and has vibrant market stalls where baskets, metalwork, traditional fabric and carvings can be bought. Masked dances and theatrical performance take place throughout the days and the meanings of the masks are shared with onlookers. The entertainment is non stop and various activities which visitors can witness take place over the four day periods. The traditional dress is fascinating as are the range of artefacts on display. The ceremony climaxes on Mize day on the Saturday with a royal Makishi parade for the Chiefs. [zambiatourism]

Ubuilile – Ubuilile is the traditional ceremony of the Bwile people of Chienge, and is held in August each year. It is unique in that other ceremonies celebrate harvests, war conquests, movement from summer to winter palaces, or indeed their chiefs. Ubuilile is a celebration of the people, their self resilience, strategic thinking and self-sufficiency. It has many activities including climbing Kabwe Katenda, the rock that doesnt move, visiting Ingansa (a salt pan that is an ancient source of salt), boat paddling competitions, fishing competitions, swimming competitions, and various dance forms performed by the Pyonye, Kambasa, and Imfukula groups. The ceremony finale is the opening of the royal granary, Chayenkuwo, which never runs out of food. Visitors and residents are given food from this and in the past, this was used to feed those families struck by calamity or even refugees from neighbouring areas. [zambiatourism]

Kulamba Traditional Ceremony – The Kulamba Traditional Ceremony is held annually in late August, bringing together different Chewa chiefs from Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique to present their reports of grievances to paramount chief Kalonga Gawa Undi. The name Kalonga means the one who installs subordinate chiefs. Gawa is the one who gives out land and Undi means the one who protects the subordinates. The Kalonga Gawa Undi is head of all the Chewa chiefdoms and takes care of all the installations of chiefs in these three countries.All the subordinate chiefs in Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique come to Katete at Mkaika to pay their tributes and join in the celebrations with their people. During the ceremony, the chiefs also brief Paramount Chief Kalonga Gawa Undi on the situation in their Chiefdoms highlighting major issues and developments. They also present gifts to the Chief. [zambiatourism]

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