11 September 2013

Zambia: Ichibwelamushi Ceremony Takes Place Saturday

THE Ichibwelamushi traditional ceremony of the Lala and Swaka tribes of Kapiri Mposhi, Mkushi and Serenje districts will be held this Saturday at Chalata in Mkushi.

Ichibwelamunshi Cultural Association national treasurer Paul Ngosa said the ceremony was significant because it boasts of 19 traditional leaders who belonged to one clan.

Mr Ngosa said the association had since sent an appeal to all companies and individuals who had in the past contributed to the successful hosting of the ceremony to come on board and continue providing financial and material support.

"The association is therefore, sending an open invitation to all Zambians, tourists and lovers of traditional culture to be part of the ceremony." he said.

The ceremony is held annually to showcase the triumphant return men and women from the farming fields (Inkutu) to villages (Ichibwela) after a successful harvest.

After the harvest is handed over to be blessed by the chief, the people gather in villages and begin to make merry.

Mr Ngosa said prayers are also held to thank God for giving the people a fruitful harvest.

He added that the ceremony brings together the two tribes to share history and culture with the young men and women so that they too could become useful citizens.

"In addition to the traditional dances and interaction with people of different walks of life, we expect vibrant "Professor. Destroyer" Wisdom Nkandu to provide additional entertainment," Mr Ngosa said.

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