Heritage Day

Heritage Day Quick Facts

Related Hashtags#Heritage, #Heritagemonth, #Southafrica
2020 Date24 September 2020
2021 Date24 September 2021
Heritage Day

Heritage Day History

Heritage Day celebrates and recognises the diverse cultures that make up South Africa. South African heritage encompasses aspects such as language, history, expression, food, wildlife and land. The day is also aimed at recognises the living heritage of South Africa as a foundation for communities and a source of identity and continuity.

Heritage Day is celebrated annually on 24 September in an effort to celebrate the traditions and values that contribute to the Rainbow Nation. Until 1995, the day was known as Shaka Day but was renamed to Heritage Day under the post-apartheid government.

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Heritage Day Facts & Quotes

  • Heritage Day is unofficially known in South Africa as Braai Day or National Braai Day.
  • Africans make up 79% of South Africa's population, 9% are coloured, 9% are white, while Indians/Asians account for 2.5% and 0.5% classify themselves as "Other".
  • As of 1997, South Africa recognises 11 official languages and gives all of them equal status. They are Afrikaans, English, isiNdebele, isiXhosa, isiZulu, Sesotho sa Leboa, Sesotho, Setswana, siSwati, Tshivenda and Xitsonga. Zulu is the most common language, spoken by over a quarter of the population.
  • We are building a nation that is proud of its national symbols, our flag and our anthem. They reflect our shared values and the principle of unity in diversity, - Cyril Ramaphosa, Deputy President of South Africa
  • 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

Heritage Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Have a braai with all of your friends and family. Gather together and have some traditional dishes and meats such as antelope, boerewors, bobotie, chakalaka and pap.
  • Study some of South Africa's history to better understand the blend of cultures, origins and ethnicities that make up today's South African population. Some of our favourite books on the subject are: The History of South Africa, The South African Story and Commando: A Boer Journal.
  • Spread awareness for the day using social media hashtags such as #rainbownation, #hertiageday and #celebrateheritage.
  • Spend the day at one of South Africa's many museums dedicated to the nation's culture. Some of our favourites are the District Six Museum, the Origins Museum and the Transvall Museum.
  • Dress up in the traditional clothing of one of South Africa's many subcultures. It is customary for women especially to adorn their familiar home attire in order to showcase it in the work place and at public celebrations. If you don’t have the original clothing, reuse many things that you already have in order to create a similar one.

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