Heritage Day

Dancers at the Scalabrini Centre 2011 World Refugee Day Celebration


Heritage Day is a Public Holiday on which South Africans across the spectrum are encouraged to celebrate their cultural heritage and the diversity of their beliefs and traditions, in the wider context of a nation that belongs to all its people.

Heritage Day, celebrated annually as a public holiday on 24 September, is a day of reflection on who we are, where we come from and where we are heading to as people.

What does Heritage Day mean to individual South Africans?

For some,  “Heritage Day means a time when South Africans celebrate the diverse cultural heritage that makes up a ‘rainbow nation’.”

For others, “a time to remember our cultural heritage and the diversity of our beliefs. It is good to know where we come from.”

Out and about on the streets of South Africa,   it is a challenge to find out what people think of Heritage Day.  However,  some have something to say.

For some a braai with family and friends, for others a chance to respect their traditions and for some who don’t know their roots it is just another day as usual.

Some people will say they knew their heritage and are very proud of it, but a lot of people did not know their cultural background because they did not listen to their elders. “Following instructions from the elders is a good thing and we should all teach our children what and who they are.”

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