Celebrate SA’s rich cultural traditions on Heritage Day

Heritage Day on 24 September celebrates South Africa’s rich cultural traditions. One of these is the braai, which is why this public holiday is also known as National Braai Day. This holiday was first celebrated in 1995 after the first democratic elections were held in 1994. The day was chosen to celebrate diversity across all cultures, languages, religions and regions in a democracy that has no legalised racial discrimination.

Heritage Day history

In KwaZulu-Natal, 24 September was observed as Shaka’s Day to remember the legendary Zulu king, Shaka Zulu, who established the Zulu nation by uniting the Zulu tribes. In 1995, after an objection from the Zulu nation that Shaka Day was omitted from the list of public holidays, Parliament compromised by establishing a day to celebrate the heritage of all South Africans.

Make it a special day

On Heritage Day, South Africans are encouraged to enjoy one of the many places of historical significance or natural beauty, to observe some of our country’s diverse cultural pastimes or to come together for a braai.

A 1996 statement by the Department of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology states that heritage is defined as "that which we inherit: the sum total of wildlife and scenic parks, sites of scientific or historical importance, national monuments, historic buildings, works of art, literature and music, oral traditions and museum collections together with their documentation".

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