Where do you come from?

“When our first democratically-elected government decided to make Heritage Day one of our national days, we did so because we knew that our rich and varied cultural heritage has a profound power to help build our new nation.”

– Nelson Mandela

Tomorrow, 24 September, we will be celebrating Heritage Day. It is a day to celebrate and honour your heritage – and the rich heritage of our awesome country, South Africa.

Do you know your heritage?

Your heritage is a big part of your identity – it is made up of all the traditions and customs that were passed on to you from your parents. For example, maybe you have a Zulu mother and a Xhosa father – in which case your heritage will be made up of both Zulu and Xhosa practices and traditions.

If you don’t know much about your family’s history, do yourself a favour and find out more about it – in the spirit of Heritage Day. Your heritage is something to be proud of! And you may be surprised at what you find out.

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What all South Africans have in common, is a South African heritage. Despite our past, I am certainly proud to have this heritage.

We are a nation of diversity – a “rainbow nation“, as Mr Nelson Mandela called it. We are a nation of diverse cultures, races, traditions, and languages – but despite our differences, we are still all South Africans, and the country belongs to us all.

This is what tomorrow should be all about – celebrating our individual heritage, well at the same time acknowledging and honouring our shared heritage.

So don’t just see tomorrow as a day off work – honour your heritage, acknowledge the heritage of those around you, and most importantly, we should celebrate our heritage as united South Africans.

College SA wishes all of our readers a very happy Heritage Day!

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