UNDERSTANDING THE TRADITIONS
We will not lie - we don’t know everything and we are working on understanding the rich traditions represented in South Africa. We will add as we respectfully understand and appreciate the intricacies involved. Please feel free to share with us!
There are a few stages in a typical traditional wedding:
1) Dowry payment, often termed Lobola.
2) Gift sharing between the two families (this includes ceremonies such as Izibizo/Membeso, Umbondo) prior to the actual wedding.
3) Finally, the official ceremony wedding where the bride is officially welcomed into her new family – ceremonies such as uMabo/ukuMbathisa are performed as part of the celebrations.