Independence Day in Lesotho
Lesotho is a country that’s located in the Maloti Mountains and is home to just about 2.14 million people. Independence Day in Lesotho is a holiday that’s observed annually on the 4th of October. It’s the country’s national day, so it’s a day off for the general population, and many businesses, schools, and government offices are closed.
This day commemorates the country’s independence from Great Britain on this date in 1966. This holiday is observed with a number of celebrations including parades, fireworks, parties, and festivals.
The History Of Independence Day In Lesotho
All through the Neolithic Period, Lesotho was an area that was home to hunter-gatherers. Then in the 19th century, the area was taken over by the Sotho people led by King Moshoeshoe I who united all of the tribes in the area to protect themselves from the Zulus.
When Basutoland found itself in dispute with the Boer trekkers from the Orange Free State over territory, the king turned to the British for help and the area was made a British Protectorate in 1868. In 1884, its status was upgraded to an official British Colony.
On the 4th of October in 1966, Basutoland was granted its independence from Britain and it became the Kingdom of Lesotho. King Moshoeshoe II became king of the fledgling country and Chief Leabua Jonathan was made the country’s Prime Minister.
Observing Independence Day In Lesotho
This holiday begins with a colorful procession in front of the country’s President and Prime Minister in the capital city of Maseru. There is also a flag-raising ceremony that’s held in the capital as well, and the Lesotho flag is displayed all across the country. Other events that can be seen on this holiday include celebratory meals, parades, fireworks, music, and dancing. It’s a day for all residents of the country to honor their freedom.