The Indian Association of Lesotho (IAL) is set to host its annual International Food and Culture fair at Machabeng College on Thursday.
IAL was established in 1988 as a non-profit, non-partisan and non-sectarian organisation with the primary purpose of providing a cultural and educational platform for people of Indian-descent in Lesotho.
According to the IAL president, Dr Sahila Peerbhai, the event is intended to “promote and endorse the growing Indian cultural panorama in Lesotho”.
“In over two decades of its existence, the association has been working selflessly to create, foster and promote cooperation and collaboration of social and cultural integration between the people of the Kingdom of Lesotho and the Republic of India,” said Dr Peerbhai.
“Similar to the previous annual ceremonies we have had, IAL will host an International Food and Culture fair which will provide a platform for the international community and Basotho to showcase their cuisine and culture in a variety of activities.
“The festival’s activities will also mark the India-Lesotho Friendship Day. It is going to be a day filled with fun activities and interaction of different races.”
Since its dawn, the association has engaged in a number of activities, namely offering free medical services, social welfare and educational scholarships to Basotho.
The event will also incorporate a beauty pageant contest in which Miss Maseru 2014 will be crowned, with Maqetelo Mokhatlane, Miss Maseru 2013, handing over the crown to her successor.
Speaking to Xpress People on Friday, Mokhatlane said her journey was awesome but filled with challenges.
“My reign as the title holder of Miss Maseru has been splendid as I engaged in a number of community services that had a positive impact on people,” Mokhatlane said.
“I would say it was somehow a roller-coaster ride, having other ladies look up to me, but it was challenging in the fact that I had to be careful in everything I did since my life was in the public domain and I did not have a private life.”
“The lady who will succeed me should be fully prepared for the hard work and responsibilities that come with the title and should know that she has big shoes to fill,” she added.