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Lesotho: Moshoeshoe’s Day Celebration

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Moshoeshoe’s Day of Lesotho: March 11

Moshoeshoe’s Day is a public holiday in Lesotho.

Lesotho celebrates Moshoeshoe’s Day to commemorate the death of the country’s founder on March 11, 1870. Moshoeshoe is regarded both as a great diplomat and a great leader in Lesotho. He worked for the preservation of his country’s language, art, and culture through the documentation he made with European missionaries using the Sesotho language.

History of Lesotho Moshoeshoe’s Day

Lesotho is a one of the few landlocked countries in the African continent. It is a country located inside and surrounded by South Africa. Together with other African nation, Lesotho is also a member of the non-political intergovernmental association known as British Commonwealth or the Commonwealth of Nation.

Moshoeshoe I is the King of Lesotho, then Basutoland, in 1822. He led to the protection of the land, though losing battles with neighbouring countries and Kingdoms including the Mfecane or Lifaqane for a decade from 1818 to 1828.

Perhaps, what set Moshoeshoe apart from other world leaders at that time is his act of generosity and kindness to the casualties of war, particularly that of his enemies. His followers, and later his fallen enemies, continued to grow with the arrival of the casualties of famine, war, and various calamities around the region of Basotho so that in 1870 he established in what is currently known as the country of Lesotho.

In his effort to protect his land against the Boers, Moeshoeshoe has agreed to become Britain’s protectorate in 1868. The war ensued until the British signed a peace treaty at Aliwal to define both the boundaries of the Boers and the Basutoland reducing almost half of the country’s land.

Lesotho Moshoeshoe’s Day: Traditions, Customs and Activities

Moshoeshoe’s Day is marked with activities conducted across all districts of the country. Various political and ceremonial speeches are held, mostly to encourage the public in the government’s drive in alleviating poverty that continuously haunt the country. Various activities are also held including the traditional wreath laying on monuments dedicated to Moshoeshoe I.

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