Restaurant celebrates Moshoeshoe I

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Mohalenyane Phakela

MOSHOESHOE II-based restaurant, Green Gate, will celebrate the life and legacy of Moshoeshoe I through food and music on Saturday as the nation commemorates the birthday of Lesotho’s founding monarch.

During the month of March in general, and the 11th in particular, various events are held around the country to celebrate the legacy of Moshoeshoe I.

While King Moshoeshoe I is believed to have been born on 12 March, it is marked on 11 March, the day he died in 1870.

Moshoeshoe I fought and subdued many ethnic groups without engaging in combat in the battlefield, earning him respect among his peers as a great nation builder.

Green Gate began commemorating Moshoeshoe Day last year with a food and musical fiesta.

In like manner, patrons will on Saturday be served gourmet burgers, potato wedges and coleslaw with O’Mai Cocktails dishing out beverage combinations for various tastes. The likes of L-Tore, Bible Verse, Da Starr, Trybz, Shaixtacy and Konsept are lined up to entertain patrons.

Green Gate representative, Fila Maema, this week told Weekender they decided to host the event in light of the positive response from patrons to last year’s commemorations.

“Last year’s event was very well received and the tickets for this year’s edition are almost sold out,” she said.

“The main idea behind the event is to bring people together and commemorate the historic day.”

Maema added that they deliberately lined up local artists to promote local talent and empower youths.

Meanwhile, all roads will lead to Menkhoaneng for the 11th annual Moshoeshoe Walk which starts today and ends on Saturday in Thaba Bosiu.

Organised by marketing company, T Connexion, the three-day fun walk is held on an annual basis in commemoration of Moshoeshoe I’s departure from his home in ‘Mate to Thaba Bosiu for greater protection against his enemies during the nineteenth Lifaqane/Mfecane wars that ravaged modern day South Africa and its neighbours.

Participants are expected to walk a 116 kilometre distance from Menkhoaneng to Thaba-Bosiu broken down as 32km for day one, 54km on the second day and 30km on the final day to reach the destination, Thaba Bosiu Cultural Village.

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