Wedding traditions of the Democratic Republic of the Congo


The Woyo (Bahoyo, Bawoyo, Ngoyo) people live in Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaire) and in the Angolan Cabinda province. When the woman gets married her mother gives her a set of pot lids. These lids are carved with illustrations which represent proverbs describing relations in the marriage.


In situations when a husband makes his wife unhappy she gives him a meal in a bowl with a lid with the suitable proverb. This tradition is also performed when the woman wants to express her discontent in public. For example, when husband's friends come for a visit.

The Zulu people are the largest South African nation. Most of them live in the province of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. At the traditional Zulu wedding bride sometimes changes her clothes three times. She is doing so to impress her in-laws. Zulu bride wears a traditional red headdress which was in the past made of her mother's hair.

The wedding ceremony includes lot of dancing and singing. After the ceremony everyone goes to the groom's home. A cow is slaughtered there as a sign that the bride is welcomed in her new home. The bride officially becomes member of new family by putting money in cow's stomach. The wedding ends with a ceremony called “ukwaba” during which the bride gives special blankets as presents to her new family.