Families welcome Basotho initiates
MORE than 100 Basotho maidens are back in their communities in Holmdene, near Standerton in Mpumalanga, after spending months being taught the SeSotho way of life.
The initiates, who started the traditional ritual in January, performed a traditional dance on their graduation day.
Their families celebrated their homecoming by slaughtering sheep and presenting them with gifts ranging from money and clothes to furniture.
The initiates took part in lebollo, a ritual that sees girls spending months away from their families with two basuwe (traditional teachers).
The ritual is meant to help them understand their customs and traditions better and also prepares them for married life.
Basuwe teach them all about Sesotho culture, including traditional songs and dances and how to behave in society.