Leteisi, the official Botswana traditional attire took centre stage at this year’s annual Orange Letlhafula cultural celebrations. Often referred to as Jeremane, from its original name, German Print, several cultural buffs who graced this year’s Orange Letlhafula donned various attires made out Leteisi.
Men wore shirts with a hint of Leteisi while their women counterparts went all out with both Leteisi dresses while others wore the multi-coloured and dazzling Ankara, Kitenge and African prints. This year’s Orange Letlhafula was themed “Pula matsorotsoro, kotla masiela, kotla dirojana!” – an annual thanksgiving food festival to celebrate the harvest.
The cultural festival had attracted both young and old, citizens and foreigners alike who from as early as 0900hrs until 18000hrs later that evening gathered for a day of fun, games, music and good food. The day’s activities kicked off with traditional games, music and good food.
First on the breakfast menu was serobe, sebete sa koko, sopo ya dinawa, diphaphata, mapakiwa and tee ya mosukujane; while serenaded in between by traditional music troupes such as Kukama Traditional Group, Western Tinto, Solly Sebotso and Dilo Makwati.
The colourful Botswana cultural day had everybody that attended in awe as during lunch attendants were served bogobe jwa lerotse, bogobe jwa maswi, stampa sa ditloo, Korong ya dinawa, nfutshwa, letshotlho la dinawa, mogoro wa dinawa, lephutshe, phane, pudi, mokoto, koko ya Setswana, mogatla wa kgomo, seswaa sa kgomo and ditlhako.
In between indulging in good traditional food patrons were also treated to the pleasant sounds of Nkokwane, Ronnie Moipolai, Solly Sebotso and Western Tinto while Rockey Seribe poetry. Other acts who were outstanding include Mafitlhakgosi, Ntwaetsile, , Gata La Tau San Dance Group, while Gong Master and Genius Senyatso capped it all off.
The revellers also took turns nibbling at delicacies such as mmidi oo besitsweng, kabu, magapu, nyebu ya ditloo, motsentsela, nyebu ya manoko as well as manoko aa gadikilweng le aa omositsweng.
Patrons also took turns imbibing the nicely fermented bojalwa jwa Setswana, mmilo and gemere among others. Quite astounding about the Orange Letlhafula experience is the preservation of culture. In today’s fast and furious world, our nation finds itself battling raging interferences from developed countries which continues to threaten our existence as the nation of Botswana. Events such as Orange Letlhafula should be commended for this.