“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.
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.