The annual Royal Reed Dance (Umkhosi Womhlanga) traditionally celebrates, through the purity of thousands of maidens dancing for their King, the moral values of the Zulu nation and the people’s unity with their monarch.
The Maidens and their reeds! The Maidens and their reeds! The Maidens and their reeds!  And the speeches go on!

 
The Maidens and their reeds! Strutting her stuff! A maiden!  
Thousands attend! The King Celebrates! Kicking up the dust!

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Zulu mythology has it that if a young woman who is not a virgin takes part in the Reed Dance ceremony, her reed will break and embarrass her in full public view.