Zambian Traditional Ceremonies Quiz

Zambian Traditional Ceremonies Quiz

With Answers and Explanations

16 Questions

Test your understanding of Zambian Cultures and Ceremonies

1 Which ceremony is considered the most important traditional event for the Bemba people?

  1. Kuomboka
  2. Ukusefya Pa Ng’wena
  3. Kulamba
  4. N’cwala

Answer: b) Ukusefya Pa Ng’wena

Explanation: Ukusefya Pa Ng’wena, which means “commemorating the crocodile,” is the most significant traditional ceremony for the Bemba people. It celebrates their migration from the Luba Kingdom and honors their first chief, Chitimukulu.


2 What is the main purpose of the Kuomboka ceremony?

  1. Harvest celebration
  2. Coming of age ritual
  3. Royal coronation
  4. Seasonal migration

Answer: d) Seasonal migration

Explanation: Kuomboka is a ceremony of the Lozi people, marking the seasonal migration of the Litunga (king) from the flood plains to higher ground as the Zambezi River floods.


3 Which Zambian ethnic group performs the Mutomboko ceremony?

  1. Lunda
  2. Tonga
  3. Ngoni
  4. Luvale

Answer: a) Lunda

Explanation: The Mutomboko ceremony is performed by the Lunda people of Luapula Province. It commemorates the migration of the Lunda people from Congo to Zambia.


4 What is the primary focus of the Kulamba ceremony?

  1. Warrior initiation
  2. Homage to Chief & thanksgiving for harvest
  3. Rain-making ritual
  4. Ancestor worship

Answer: b) Homage to Chief & thanksgiving for harvest

Explanation: The Kulamba ceremony, performed by the Chewa people, is primarily a thanksgiving ceremony for good harvests and to pay homage to their paramount chief, Kalonga Gawa Undi. The Kulamba Ceremony is custodian to one of Zambia’s unique cultural practices called the Gule Wa Mkulu.


5 Which ceremony marks the coming of age for young Bemba women?

  1. Chinamwali
  2. Dipo
  3. Nkolola
  4. Chisungu

Answer: d) Chisungu

Explanation: Chisungu is an initiation ceremony for young Bemba women, marking their transition from girlhood to womanhood.


6 What is the significance of the N’cwala ceremony?

  1. New year celebration
  2. First fruits ceremony
  3. Rain-making ritual
  4. Coronation of a new chief

Answer: b) First fruits ceremony

Explanation: N’cwala is a first fruits ceremony of the Ngoni people, celebrating the first harvest of the year and giving thanks to their ancestors.


7 Which Zambian ethnic group is known for the Likumbi Lya Mize ceremony?

  1. Lozi
  2. Bemba
  3. Luvale
  4. Tonga

Answer: c) Luvale

Explanation: The Likumbi Lya Mize ceremony is performed by the Luvale people of Northwestern Zambia. It marks the emergence of Makishi masquerades from their seclusion period.


8 What is the main theme of the Shimunenga ceremony?

  1. Fishing
  2. Cattle
  3. Hunting
  4. Agriculture

Answer: b) Cattle

Explanation: The Shimunenga ceremony, performed by the Ila people, is centered around cattle. It’s a thanksgiving ceremony for the wellbeing of their cattle and a prayer for their continued prosperity.


9 Which ceremony is associated with the Lenje people?

  1. Chakwela Makumbi
  2. Kulamba
  3. Mutomboko
  4. Kuomboka

Answer: a) Chakwela Makumbi

Explanation: Chakwela Makumbi ceremony is performed by the Lenje people of Central Zambia.


10 What is the primary purpose of the Malaila ceremony?

  1. Harvest celebration
  2. Initiation of young men
  3. Cerebrate the arrival of the Kunda people
  4. Coronation of a new chief

Answer: c) Cerebrate the arrival of the Kunda people

Explanation: The Malaila ceremony, performed by the Kunda people, brings together all the chiefs and people of the Mambwe district to celebrate the arrival of the Kunda people in the Eastern Province of Zambia and their settlement of the Mambwe area


11 Which Zambian ethnic group performs the Umutomboko ceremony?

  1. Bemba
  2. Lunda
  3. Kaonde
  4. Lozi

Answer: b) Lunda

Explanation: The Umutomboko ceremony is performed by the Lunda people of Luapula Province to celebrates their history and culture.


12 What is the main feature of the Lwindi ceremony?

  1. Fire walking
  2. Appease gods for good rains
  3. Mask dancing
  4. Cattle blessing

Answer: b) Appease gods for good rains

Explanation: The Lwindi ceremony, performed by the Tonga people, is primarily a thanksgiving ceremony to appease the gods for the good rains and harvest


13 Which ceremony marks the installation of a new Litunga (king) of the Lozi people?

  1. Kuomboka
  2. Kazanga
  3. Mutomboko
  4. Kufuluhela

Answer: d) Kufuluhela

Explanation: The Kufuluhela ceremony marks the return of the King of Barotseland to Lealui Royal village. It’s a separate ceremony from the more famous Kuomboka.


14 What is the main purpose of the Ukusefya Pa Ng’wena ceremony?

  1. Celebrating migration history
  2. Harvest thanksgiving
  3. Rain making
  4. Initiation of young warriors

Answer: a) Celebrating migration history

Explanation: The Kusefya Pangwena ceremony of the Bemba people celebrates their migration history from the Luba Kingdom and honors their ancestors.


15 Which ceremony is associated with the Mbunda people?

  1. Likumbi Lya Mize
  2. Kulamba
  3. Chisungu
  4. Lukwakwa

Answer: d) Lukwakwa

Explanation: The Lukwakwa ceremony is performed by the Mbunda people. It’s a coming of age ceremony for young men.


16 Which Zambian ethnic group is known for the Lwiindi Gonde ceremony?

  1. Tonga
  2. Lozi
  3. Bemba
  4. Lunda

Answer: a) Tonga

Explanation: The Lwiindi Gonde ceremony is performed by the Tonga people at Malende site near Chisekesi.

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