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Moshoeshoe’s Day!

On March 11th, Lesotho celebrates the death of the father of their country, King Moshoeshoe I.  To commemorate the event, students prepare traditional dances and songs and compete with other schools in performance and in foot races.  Moshoeshoe Games are a time of pride and excitement for all involved, and I enjoyed being a part of the festivities.  Below are some photos from the day.  Khotso! Pula! Nala! (Peace! Rain! Prosperity!)

The standard 7 girls compete in the 1200 meter race

And they're off!

And they’re off!

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Ausi Palesa (my host sister) representing her school in the traditional dancing

Ausi Palesa (my host sister) representing her school in the traditional dancing

Peggy officiates at the finish line!

Peggy officiates at the finish line!

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Boys dance teams usually carry these sticks as they stomp and sing

Boys dance teams usually carry these sticks as they stomp and sing

Grass skirts made from strips of plastic (usually from flour or maize meal sacks) are typical dance costumes

Grass skirts made from strips of plastic (usually from flour or maize meal sacks) are typical dance costumes

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A school choir rehearses in the school yard A school choir rehearses in the school yard

Abuti Liteboho (my host brother) leads his school's traditional dance team

Abuti Liteboho (my host brother) leads his school’s traditional dance team

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April 8, 2013 · 8:49 am

My ‘M’e

My 'M'e

Helping us with our garden project!

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June 23, 2012 · 4:37 am

Arrival in host village

Arrival in host village

Half of the welcome committee!

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June 23, 2012 · 4:34 am

Oh, good morning!

Oh, good morning!

View from my front door.

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June 23, 2012 · 4:32 am

Snow in Africa

Snow in Africa

View from my front door.

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June 23, 2012 · 4:31 am

Lesotho Family

Lesotho Family

Half my host family just beyond our front yard…

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June 23, 2012 · 4:29 am