The 24th of September is a day to celebrate the diversity of South African culture and heritage. Here are some ways you can celebrate Heritage Day on Saturday.
Immerse yourself in another culture
What better time to experience another culture than on Heritage Day? From the Cape Malay community in the colourful Bo-Kaap district to the Shakaland Zulu Cultural Village in Eshowe, there are a variety of cultural spots to visit across the country. Take a journey into these communities’ everyday lives, listen to their stories and sample their cuisines. This is a fantastic way to discover the rich culture and heritage of our fellow South Africans.
Enjoy our natural beauty
There is no denying that part of South Africa’s heritage is our abundant natural beauty. From our stunning oceans, to our mountains and our vast savannahs, our country serves up natural beauty in spades! Take some time out this 24th of September to celebrate what South Africa has to offer in this regard. Go for a hike, enjoy a day at the beach if the weather allows, or even go on safari. For the latter, if you’re in the Kruger National Park, take the opportunity to learn about the heritage of the various areas there, such as the Kruger Station.
Support a local business
If you’re planning to do a bit of shopping on Heritage Day, then be sure to include a local business on your list of stops. When you support a small business, you’re supporting a dream and helping to contribute to a better society and economy. Another great idea is to support the work of local artisans, artists, and craftsmen making traditional crafts such as woven baskets, clay pots, beaded jewelry, garments and so on.
Go to a braai
There’s no shortage of ways to celebrate Heritage Day in South Africa, and one of the things a visitor may come across is the reference to the 24th of September as ‘Braai Day’. Culinary traditions are important and what South Africa’s many cultures have in common is their shared love for expertly grilling succulent meat over hot coals! When it comes to braaing, South Africans are world-renowned masters. It’s not surprising then, that many locals celebrate Heritage Day with a traditional braai.
Learn a phrase from a new language
South Africa has 11 official languages, why not learn a new phrase from at least one of them? Start with something simple like how to greet others or how to ask common questions such as “How are you” or “How can I help you”. Making an effort to speak in another person’s mother tongue shows a level of respect and will help bridge the gap between us.
Heritage Day recognises aspects of South African culture which are both tangible and intangible: creative expression such as music and performances, our historical inheritance, language, the food we eat as well as popular memory.
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