Heritage Day is a very important day that is celebrated in South Africa.
This day is celebrated on 24 September which encourages people to show their culture and the diversity of their beliefs and traditions, in the wider context of a nation that belongs to all its people.
History of Heritage Day
In KwaZulu-Natal, 24 September was known as Shaka Day, in commemoration of Shaka, the Zulu king, on the presumed date of his death in 1828.
Shaka played an important role in uniting the disparate Zulu clans into a cohesive nation.
Each year people gather at the Shaka Memorial to honour him on this day.
The Public Holidays Bill presented to the post-Apartheid Parliament of South Africa in 1996 did not include 24 September on the list of proposed public holidays.
As a result of this exclusion, the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), a South African political party with a large Zulu membership, objected to the bill.
Parliament and the ANC reached a compromise and the day was given its present title and accepted as a public holiday.
These are some of the quotes that are uttered during the occasion.
1. “We can change the world and make it a better place. It is in your hands to make a difference,” Nelson Mandela.
2. Our culture and our heritage define our present and future.
3. Heritage is the most precious thing we have.
4. Joint efforts are very important in saving heritage.
5. Heritage is what defines us and our values.
6. We have to be sensitive and sensible towards our heritage.
7. Let us join hands to preserve our heritage.
8. Let us show some responsibility towards our heritage.
9. Our culture gives us a unique identity.
10. Preserving our culture is our duty.
11. There is nothing more special for culture than its heritage.