“Protect me and the lice of my blanket”

On the 11th of March the people of Lesotho celebrate Moshoeshoes day - a celebration of a brave king who saved his nation. 

The Boers came to settle around the Free State area because they were chased away from the Cape by the British colonists. They then invaded the bolk of the present-day Lesotho until King Moshoeshoe sought protection from the British in 1868, after a 3 year long feud.
He told the British “Protect me and the lice of my blanket”  - a deeper Sesotho-saying meaning, “protect me and all my people”. This saved Lesotho from the Boers and was the beginning of the Lesotho we know today. 

The day celebrates the wisdom, fight, bravery, pain and industrious life of King Moshoeshoe - the great king who unified his people and through wisdom, took a risky path to save his nation. It was originally celebrated on March 12th, the day king Moshoeshoe asked for British protection, but was later changed to March 11th, the day of his death. 

The youth volunteers in Leribe wanted to include us in their celebration - sharing some of their culture and traditions. So, Friday the 11th of March they all showed up in their cultural attires and brought a local dish each. We got to taste everything from Sorghum and Moroho to a fermented maize porridge. The food was most certainly interesting. As a Norwegian contribution we served waffles and brown cheese (brunost) - which they loved. They were so impressed with the brown cheese that we had to promise to teach them how to make it. So, if any of our grandmas/readers knows how to make good brown cheese - please send us a recipe. The youths also played some local music and showed us some impressive dance moves. In addition the taught us some fun games that we’ll bring with us back home. 

 - Ida & Astri