People and Culture

When you arrive in Zimbabwe you will be greeted by some of the most friendly people in the world.

As you make your way through Zimbabwe's cities, markets and villages, one thing always remains the same. No matter where you go, you are constantly surrounded by warm and friendly people, always wearing a smile and willing to lend a helping hand. Hospitality is second nature to the Zimbabweans.

Culture

Zimbabwe People DancingZimbabwe has rich and diverse cultures. The largest ethnic group in Zimbabwe is Shona. The Shona people have many sculptures and carvings of gods (idols) which are made with the finest materials available. The Shona people live in the northern parts of the country. The Nbebele live in the western regions, and there are many other minority groups strung accross the country, all sharing commonness in the diversity of their cultures.

Zimbabwe has tried hard to preserve their traditional ways of life. There are many types of food dishes and ways of preparing them; many types of songs and dances; a wide variety of marriage rites and ceremonies; many ways of establishing relations and social hierachies and their attendant obligations.

Ceremonies

Isitshikitsha DanceNot least exciting of Zimbabwe's many and varied traditions and ceremonies is the rain making ceremony, the most notable one held at Mathojeni, near Bulawayo. Almost each of the many traditional dances from around the country will tell you a story. For example, the Shona have the Mbende-Jerusarema dance, a UNESCO - Intangible Cultural Heritage for Humanity; the Ndebele are famous for their Isitshikitsha dance while the Makishi dance is presented by the Chokwe people who live around Victoria Falls.

These and many more dances are the very pulse of our nation, their rhythm and beat the heart and soul of Zimbabwe. The cities may reverberate with contemporary music but they also boast and host various festivals throughout the year that present unique exposes of Zimbabwe's traditional arts and culture.

Independence

Zimbabwe first celebrated its independence on 18 April 1980. Celebrations are held at either the National Sports Stadium or Rufaro Stadium in Harare. The first independence celebrations were held in 1980 at the Zimbabwe Grounds. At these celebrations doves are released to symbolise peace and fighter jets fly over and the national anthem is sung. The flame of independence is lit by the president after parades by the presidential family and members of the armed forces of Zimbabwe. The president also gives a speech to the people of Zimbabwe which is televised for those unable to attend the stadium.

Why not visit Zimbabwe and share with them their unique and diverse cultures, warmth, hospitality and friendliness.