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Botswana celebrates 53 years

The President, Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi, was among hundreds of people who thronged the National Stadium on Monday for Botswana’s 53rd independence celebrations.

September 30th marks Botswana’s independence from British rule in 1966 when  Britain formally transferred power to Botswana.

This year’s celebrations were held under the theme: United and Proud: Celebrating people and culture.  

The crowd at the National Stadium mostly clad in national colours gave President Masisi a befitting welcome as he took a lap of honour in an official land cruiser. 

Dr Masisi was escorted around the pitch by 26 white horses, symbolizing the peace and tranquility that Botswana enjoyed.

Upon arrival, Dr Masisi inspected a ceremonial parade mounted by members of the Botswana Defence Force (BDF). 

The parade included ceremonial guards and the colour party bearing the national flag, presidential flag, BDF flag and the ground forces command flag.

The crowd was treated to a parade drill that displayed various formations in slow and quick marches. The drill formations, which were neatly arranged symbolised various disciplines of military operations.

Other activities lined up for the day included the calisthenics display performed by primary school children drawn from Gaborone, Mogoditshane and Tlokweng. 

There was also an electrifying performance by the Botswana Ensemble displaying various music and dance across the width and breadth of the country.

The last act, the carnival parade combined both music and art in a colorful spectrum to show joy, fun and social communion.ends

Source : BOPA

Author : Baleseng Batlotleng

Location : GABORONE

Event : independence celebration

Date : Oct 01 Tue,2019

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