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    Zambian Harvest Festival

    During N'cwala festival, held on 24th February, the Paramount Chief of the Ngoni people of Eastern province commemorates the Ngoni's entrance into Zambia in 1835. Marked by feasts, music and some of the best dancing in the country, the ceremonies are held in Mutenguleni, 15 kms south-west of Chipata.

    The festival is based on the Ngoni tradition of offering the Paramount Ngoni chief of the first produce of the year. Twelve local chiefs from the Eastern Province travel with their finest dancers to the village of Mutenguleni, where the ceremony takes place. Each group dances before the Paramount chief, and he elects one group as the best warrior dancers.

    The Paramount chief watches and takes part in the dancing. He drinks the blood of a cow killed at the N'cwala as a symbol of the first harvest food, and as a blessing for his people to start harvesting and eating.



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