FESTIVAL FRUIT: A marula tree, source of the much-celebrated marula fruit.Picture: Supplied
Limpopo is gearing up for the sixth Marula Festival to be held in Phalaborwa next month.
Tourism Agency spokesperson Mike Tauatsoala said yesterday: “The festival has since its inception five years ago shown prospects of growth and the town of Phalaborwa is always abuzz with visitors during the festival. It is envisaged that the festival will attract even more people from other provinces as well as from other parts of the world, particularly the Southern African Development Community countries.”
He said the festival was an important flagship event for the province. “There are traditional festivities and activities which always precede the main event, including the Ku Luma Nguva (Tasting of the First Fruit) ceremony by local chiefs and traditional leaders.”
Tauatsoala said the festival included a ritual ceremony performed by traditional healers to seek blessings from ancestors to help them host the festival successfully.
In the week surrounding the festival there would be a 4x4 challenge, half marathon, career fair, fun fair, Cuisine Ala Marula Competition, youth rugby (Bulletjies), street parade and open air festival by various artists at Impala Park Stadium.
The agency will work with the departments of economic development, environment and tourism and sport, arts and culture as well as other role-players including the Ba-Phalaborwa local municipality.
The festival, which was attended by more than 30000 people last year, is expected to start at the end of next month. – AENS