Customs and traditions
Between Swazis there are clear and strict
rules for socializing. They are often based on kinship
or social status. The hierarchies are strong. Status is
made clear by beads that are worn in different ways. The
elderly should be shown respect. This is done by
lowering their eyes in front of them at a meeting and
napping easily. Women should show respect for men.
Many Swazis eat saturated corn, wild spinach and
emasi (a kind of sour milk). Sometimes chicken and
vegetables are also served, and on occasion the beef.
The main meal is eaten in the evening. The breakfast
usually consists of tea, bread and a porridge made from
sour milk. At lunch, leftovers are eaten.
Overview of the capital city of Swaziland, including information about its population, economy, geography, history and map.
Usually people wear Western clothing, but traditional
garments are used by some Swazis. Traditional clothing
for men involves a kind of colorful hip with an apron of
leather (emajobo) and a necklace (ligcebesha)
and a cane (sagibo). Even women traditionally
wear a hip (ilihhiya). Unmarried women wear
pearl decorations for this, while married women cover
their upper bodies with fabric.
As the vast majority of Swazis are Christians,
customary Christian celebrations are celebrated, such as
Easter, Ascension, and Christmas. In addition, there are
a number of national, non-religious holidays: New Year's
Day (January 1), King Mswati's Birthday (April 19),
Swazi Flag Day (April 25), Workers' Day (May 1), King
Sobhuza's Birthday (July 22), and Independence Day (6
An indigenous traditional festival of great
importance is ncwala (the first fruit
festival). It is a religious celebration that is
celebrated for three weeks, from the second half of
December and into January of the following year. Exact
dates are determined by astrologers. Ncwala aims for all
Swazis to receive the blessings of their ancestors. It
also opens the harvest season. The king has an important
role in the festivities. The ceremonies include the
slaughter of bulls and the gathering of a kind of sacred
plant (often an acacia). On the fourth day, the king
participates in a war dance in traditional dressing with
other men and then eats the first fruit of the season.
Parts of ncwala are only allowed to participate in
Swazis. It is necessary to have permission to photograph
near the king during the festival.
Swaziland has a comparatively well-developed
road network, and bus is the most common means of
transport for the residents. There is a state-run
railway linking Swaziland to the railway system in South
Africa. There is also a railway line to the port of
Mozambique's capital Maputo.
The Swaziland Airlink airline , co-owned by
the Swazi state and a South African airline, connects
the country with international air traffic via
Johannesburg and Maputo. There is an airport outside
Manzini, about four miles from Mbabane. In 2014, King
Mswati III's international airport was opened in Sikhupe
in eastern Swaziland.
Resignation requirements on the Prime Minister
A majority of the members of Parliament demand in a vote that Prime Minister
Dlamini resign. The reason is that Dlamini has taken away its license from the
country's only telecommunications operator and instead let a South African
telecom company take over the business. The statement of disbelief against the
head of government triggers a constitutional crisis, as the king does not follow
Parliament's call to dismiss Dlamini, who refuses to resign himself.