Today, Tuesday, 24th September, will mean a lot of things to many South Africans:
- Some of us will appreciate Heritage Day solely for providing us with an awesome long weekend to catch up on sleep, homework, movies, as well as, spending quality time with our friends and family.
It is the last public holiday until December, after all, *gulp*;
- Some of us will affectionately refer to this day as “National Braai Day” and will spend most of it dishing up mouth-watering marinated steaks, boerwors and chicken, grilled to perfection, to all those brave enough to sample your braai-ing skills; and
- Lastly, the majority of us will try and spend the day combining both the above activities to actively celebrating the diverse and impressive cultural heritage that has earned us the title of, “The Rainbow Nation”.
There are so many ways to mark the day, from hanging out with friends who are not from the same background as you; or preparing and eating a traditional dish from one of South Africa’s diverse cultures, that is not your own.
Personally, this public holiday is one of our favourite. It is a great reminder of what makes us inherently “us”; of the many cultures and traditions that ultimately came together and influenced who we all are today.
It’s a day that reminds us not only to embrace each other’s differences, but to explore and experience a culture or tradition that is different to what we know:
Tolerance | Understanding | Unity
Happy Heritage Day!
Let us know what the day means to YOU and how you’ll be spending it