Five South African traditions we celebrate
There is nothing quite like home, Loving Mzansi! Indeed, this is a snapshot of us, from every corner of our diverse and intriguing nation and traditions.
Here at Greyhound, where you can travel to all corners of South Africa on the one of the most luxurious buses on the continent, we know all about diversity and the value of our multiculturalism.
Here are five South African traditions that make us who we are. They are five of many and countless reasons why we are considered one of the most diverse nations on the planet with the most to celebrate.
The Ingoma Dance of the Zulu Nation
Indigenous to the Zulu people. The Ingoma dance is a traditional dance that usually involves high kicking motions. It is performed to a chant and drum beat during transition ceremonies. The coming of age, weddings and pre-hunt periods. It is synonymous with Zulu history and its form is native to South Africa. It is certainly a dance to cherish!
The dzilla of the Ndebele Nation
Perhaps the most colourful of all South African cultures is the Ndebele. Renowned for their brilliantly coloured artwork and fashion, the Ndebele people are possibly best known for their female dress wear, and the copper or brass ‘dzilla’ that they wear around their necks, arms or legs. It is a centuries-old tradition that celebrates their identity quite beautifully.
The sokkie dance of the Afrikaners
Sokkie dancing or “langarm” finds its roots in and amongst the Afrikaner Voortrekkers who made their way to the Highveld two centuries ago. Unique to South Africa, its fluid movements involve very intimate-spaced dancing that, when done in a crowd, can look spectacular! Its celebratory strength lies in its ability to be danced to most music, in most circumstances.
The Cape Minstrels of the Cape Malay people
Every year on 2 January, the Cape Malay people celebrate their history, culture and tradition with a vibrant and colourful street festival that shows off traditional singing and music, and a celebration that involves a staggering variety of traditional Cape. Malay food, dress and dance. Known as the Kaapse Klopse it is an extraordinary festival of heritage and colour.
The flavourful food and traditions of Durban’s Indian community
We all know and love Indian food. South African Indian food certainly has its own dimension and beautiful flavours. Few have not tried Bunny Chow, and if you don’t know, it is a half-loaf of bread filled with curry. It is one dish of a flavourful scene that includes briyani, samoosas and other unique South African Indian flavours.
There is so much culture and heritage to digest in South Africa that is difficult to get our heads around it! It is extraordinary and beautiful and seemingly endless.
Here at Greyhound, the one of the most luxurious way to travel by bus across South Africa, we’re all about the inclusion and celebration of heritage.
Whatever your cultural take, tradition, language or identity is, Greyhound has a seat for you. Book your tickets today at www.greyhound.co.za or call us anytime on 011 611 8000 | 087 352 0352.
Cheers to you! Cheers to us. And cheers to all South Africans!