There are two important cultural events that are done by the Swati people, the Incwala in December and Umhlanga in late August or early September.
During the Incwala ceremony all people, especially male, converge at the Royal Kraal at Ludzidzini for several weeks of traditional dancing which is always joined by the King.
Incwala ‘First fruits’ is rich in symbolism and is the most important and sacred of all Swazi ceremonies.
The Umhlanga, also called "the Reed Dance" is the second most important ceremony.
The ceremony is especially for single maidens to pay homage to the King and Queen Mother.
This is also a ceremony to celebrate virginity and King Mswati is known for choosing young virgin girls every year at this ceremony to be his wives.