With cultural practices waning, letlhafula remains a ritual that has set its teeth in Botswana’s modern calendar events. This is echoed each year by the Orange Letlhafula event, which attracts an impressive crowd eager to relish and experience traditional food and dance.
The theme, which was refreshed to “A re je dijo, re bine mmino re apere kapari ya setso” amidst the uproar created by the previous one, extended itself to the day’s activities. From cultural games such as mhele and morabaraba, roasted maize and peanuts, to cultural song such as dikhwaere and enchanting drumming, the event becomes nostalgic of ‘village life’. A grand highlight remains the feast, which comprises of various foods, meats and drinks such as mmilo and tshwene. In addition, vendors occupied the corridors of the venue, selling foods like honey, dried maize and fashion accessories.
Entertaining the guests were groups such as the ever vibrant Mafitlhakgosi, Ngwao Letshwao, Genius Senyatso, Ditorokong choir and poetry group Nkokwane & Ntwaetsile. On folk guitar was Western Tinti and Sibongile Kgaila, amongst others.
“Orange Letlhafula retains its standard each year and that is why we come every year. It’s an event we never miss because there’s nothing that tastes better than our traditional food,” said a loyal reveler.
Although the event has maintained its standard, it would be great to see it becoming braver with incorporating new, exciting activities to the event.