4 SUPER Ways to Celebrate This Heritage Day
On 24 September South Africans are again celebrating Heritage Day. This day was implemented in 1995 as a way to “celebrate the diverse cultural heritage that makes up a ‘rainbow nation’. It is the day to celebrate the contribution of all South Africans to the building of South Africa.” But there are so many different ways of celebrating heritage that it may be difficult to know how to go about it. Here are four ways in which you can explore and celebrate your heritage this Heritage Day.
Tell and Record Stories
The easiest way to learn more about one another’s heritage and history is by telling our own stories. If you want to keep these stories for posterity, you could also write them down or record them as people are telling them. They will make great keepsakes not only for you, but also for your children or their children.
Have a Braai
If there’s one thing South Africans know how to do; it is to have a braai. So it is no wonder that 24 September is also celebrated casually by some as National Braai Day. Why not get all of your friends and family together for a meal? It is also the perfect setting for telling stories, learning more about one another and perhaps even making some new friends.
Go to Museums or Other Places of Interest
Throughout the year you can learn more about the place and country you live by going to the various museums available to the public. There is something for every taste and for every interest. So, whether you want to know about technology and the world right now, or want to know about humans’ deep past, you simply have to go to museums. And with the discovery of homo naledi, you might even want to take a trip to The Cradle of Humankind.
Show Your Culture
Another way to celebrate your own heritage as well as having a way to teach others about it, is by wearing traditional clothes if you have them. It is also the perfect way to get dressed up for the day.
However you choose to celebrate Heritage Day, make it a day to remember.
Author: Carin Marais
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