Traditional food and games festival

SHARE   |   Sunday, 19 April 2015   |   By Ontametse Sugar
Thatched gazibo at Canan Farm Thatched gazibo at Canan Farm

Culture and traditional cuisine events are always successful since many people want to appreciate their roots, especially with current lifestyles where most people live in cities and towns and hardly get a chance to enjoy the traditional food often.
On the May 1, Canaan farm near Rasesa village will host the Madadi Cultural day, aimed at increasing awareness about the culture, traditional cuisines and Setswana games that used to be played before television and modern lifestyles took over. The organiser of the event, Tidimalo Kaisara, said after working for Debswana Diamond Company for 17 years she opted for voluntary separation and left the lucrative job for farming a few years ago. It was then that she realised how much people have lost touch with culture and wanted to reconnect them, hence the cultural day.
Madadi Cultural day was started three years ago. Madadi is a Setswapong word meaning 'lekgela'. Kaisara said the cultural roots will be well portrayed on the day where there also will be many traditional games like ‘koi’(skipping rope) and many others. Plenty of traditional food will be served.  "This is for people to appreciate the traditional cuisine and realise that the modern day food that they eat is the one that is causing much harm to their bodies while we have the best traditional foods that are healthy," she said.
The farm gives a very homely feel and also gives someone the chance to appreciate nature with the animals that they have there like sheep, goats and different kinds of birds.  Kaisara said people who will be coming to the farm to feast should know that their money will go a long way in making a difference in someone's life. The money that will be made will be channelled into assisting students at Rasesa Primary School. She said she visited neighbouring places by the farm where she discovered that 66 students go to school without school shoes, and as such wanted to buy all those kids shoes even if it means her not being left with anything from the ticket sales. "I have already taken the sizes of the shoes of those children and I will make sure that I deliver on that," she added. She said that whatever outcome will be from hosting the event she will be happy knowing that she has helped the children, and that she would have taught someone something new. She urged men to also attend because over the past two years most people that have been attending have been women. Entertainment will be provided by the local traditional groups. She said the kids will also be well catered for.

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