Why do we celebrate Heritage Day and what is its history?

Why do we celebrate Heritage Day and what is its history?

Heritage Day is a day when South Africans can celebrate the diversity that makes SA such a wonderful place. Whether honouring your roots by dressing in colourful traditional wear or hanging around a braai, the point of Heritage Day is to remember your culture.

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Heritage Day originates from Shaka Day that was held in honour of the legendary Zulu king. When Shaka Day was omitted by the Public Holidays Bill before the New South African Parliament, South Africans were outraged.

However, the IFP objected to the Bill and a compromise was made - Heritage Day was born. It is a day on which South Africans can observe their cultural heritage in any way they wish to.

On 24 September South Africans take the day to reflect on where they come from as well as where they're going, all while enjoying delicious food and good company.

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The Briefly team wishes all South Africans a fantastic Heritage Day, regardless of how they celebrate it.

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South Africans took to social media to wish each other a great Heritage Day:

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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