HERITAGE is HERITAGE for any country in the Globe!
Heritage is OUE PAST:
- Our past helps strengthen our future.
- Respect is earned, not inherited.
- When we do great things, our legacy will remain long after we are gone.
- Our heritage makes us unique.
- What we’ve been taught by our fathers will shape our lives.
- We are a reflection of the heritage we grew up in.
Heritage Day in South Africa that is celebrated on September 24th.
Known as Erfenisdag in Afrikaans, the intention of Heritage Day is for all South Africans to celebrate their heritage, the diversity of their beliefs and traditions and remember their struggles against Apartheid.
In 2005, a media campaign was launched to rebrand Heritage Day as National Braai Day. Braai is the Afrikaans for a barbeque. The intention was to recognise the South African culinary tradition of holding informal backyard barbecues.
It’s often said in such a diverse country that Braai is something that unites all South Africans.
Celebrating Heritage Day
South Africans celebrate Heritage Day by remembering the cultural heritage of the many cultures that make up the population of South Africa.
Various events are staged throughout the country to commemorate this day.
“The day is one of our newly created public holidays and its significance rests in recognising aspects of South African culture which are both tangible and difficult to pin down: creative expression, our historical inheritance, language, the food we eat as well as the land in which we live.
Within a broader social and political context, the day’s events…are a powerful agent for promulgating a South African identity, fostering reconciliation and promoting the notion that variety is a national asset as opposed to igniting conflict.
Heritage has defined as “that which we inherit: the sum total of wild life and scenic parks, sites of scientific or historical importance, national monuments, historic buildings, works of art, literature and music, oral traditions and museum collections together with their documentation.”
(Statement issued by the Department of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology, 17 September 1996)
We wish them HAPPY HERITAGE DAY! A great day for them!