23 Nov XHOSA WEDDING | LINDA AND NTSIKELELO | CAPE TOWN WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER
Xhosa Wedding | Linda and Ntsikelelo | Cape Town Wedding Photographer
This was my first Xhosa wedding and I loved every minute of it!!!!
In South Africa we have many cultures and we are all very diverse, unique and different. I learned a lot from Linda and Ntsikelelo’s Xhosa wedding. The tradition is so beautiful, in meaning, symbolism, and to see the whole community celebrating Linda and Ntsikelelo’s wedding.
Never have I experienced a community joined together by the marriage of two people. The xhosa wedding day started with beautiful weather and traveling from Haga Haga to Tsolo, where the Xhosa wedding was to be held later that same day.
Tsolo is a small little Xhosa village in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. When we arrived at the Ntsikelelo’s family house, His family and the locals were preparing food, and by food I mean cooking huge pots of meat. It was absolutely amazing to see everybody working together in one house of the local community.
The way i understand the service to work and the Xhosa wedding tradition is the following.
- Ntsikelelo, gets dressed in His White wedding suite, which was black.
- Linda arrives with an vehicle entourage at a separate house where she will get dressed in her White Wedding dress.
- Ntsikelelo then goes over with the community entourage to deliver a gift and to get Linda his bride. This an entire community effort.
- Ntsikelelo and Linda goes back to Ntsikelelos house and enters the yard (premises).
- Linda is welcomed by Ntsikelelo’s family and he takes her around the yard and eventually in their new home.
- Linda and Ntsikelelo then go through a second change of clothing, this time in their Xhose wedding attire.
- The same ritual gets repeated, Ntsikelelo, gets Linda from her house escorted with the community as entourage and the they make there way over to the ceremony tent.
- Ceremony commences, with great food, music and speeches.
What i loved most about the Xhosa wedding was the dancing, the singing of the community, the rich colours, the food, the team work and hopefully you will be able to experience all this from viewing the image gallery.
To Linda and Ntsikelelo, thank you for this great experience and the ability to be enriched and captivated by your tradition and beautiful community is an huge honour for me, I will forever cherish this experience!!!
Enjoy the image gallery (situated below the heading)
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