Culture Snapshot: Xingomana

Joao Sitoi Headshot Joao Sitoi, Sponsorship Manager

Maputo, Mozambique

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Save the Children has sponsorship programs in over twenty countries in five regions of the world! Our Culture Snapshot series highlights unique elements of local culture from each of the regions our sponsorship programs operate in. Check out the last post, "Culture Snapshot: Blind-Cat Game Played by Children in Egypt."


Cultural dance is very popular in Mozambique. The most popular dance in the rural community of 3 de Fevereiro – “3rd of February” – is xingomana, which is performed by both children and adults.  Xingomana, accompanied by songs rich in meaning and context, has also become an important tool to communicate educational messages such as the dangers of early pregnancies and the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases and HIV/AIDS.

 Watch Mozambicans dancing throughout Nampula!

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