Customs and traditions
In Lesotho, people address each other with
family names: an older man to be addressed as ntate
(father), an older woman as mother (mother), a year-old
girl / woman as ausi (sister) and a year-old boy / man
with the nickname abuti (brother). Answering only yes or
no to a question is unfair - you should answer "yes
ntate" or "no mme" instead.
Being generous and hospitable is important. Even
among those who barely own anything, they share what is
with guests and visitors. Children should be polite,
well-behaved and helpful.
Overview of the capital city of Lesotho, including information about its population, economy, geography, history and map.
The most common food in the countryside is corn
porridge (nsima) and bread. Beef, lamb
and chicken are popular, but are not usually eaten very
often. Milk is drunk in a kind of acidic form. The main
goals are taken in the morning and evening. It is not
uncommon to skip lunch. In the cities, Western food is
becoming more common alongside the traditional diet.
Western clothing style dominates. It is common for
women to wear a dress and they often cover their heads
with a scarf or hat. As an outer garment, many colorful
pieces of fabric have been wrapped around the body
instead of a jacket or coat.
The Lesothians celebrate the usual Christian feasts,
such as Christmas and Easter. In addition, Moshoeshoes
Day (March 11), Heroes Day / Africa Day (May 25), King's
Birthday (July 17) and Independence Day (October 4)
Aid workers shot dead
A Dutch aid worker is shot dead at the residence of
Minister of Commerce Mpho Malie. The minister is
believed to have been the intended victim - possibly as
a result of continued factional struggles within the
ruling LCD party.
Parliament is dissolved before a new election which
was announced in February 2007. The reason for the new
election is that the ruling party LCD wants to renew the
confidence of the electorate in the light of the newly
formed opposition party ABC's rapid advance in public
New opposition party
Former Minister Thomas Thabane leaves the Lesotho
Congress for Democracy (LCD) along with 17 other party
members. They form the Allbasothic Convention Party
(ABC) which quickly becomes LCD's foremost challenger.
Lesotho introduces a new flag to mark the 40th
anniversary of the country's independence from Britain
An MP for Basotho's National Party (GDP), Bereng
Sekhonyana, is shot dead by unknown perpetrators.
Minister escapes attempted murder
Foreign Minister Monyane Moleleki is injured in the
arm when unknown perpetrators shoot him at the return
from a conference organized by the Lesotho Democratic
Congress (LCD). Assessors believe that factional
disputes within the LCD are the reason for the
assassination attempt. Moleleki and Prime Minister
Pakhalitha Mosisili are political rivals.