Heritage Day is a proudly South African celebration that is commemorated every year on the 24th of September, since the nation embraced democracy in 1994. The origins of this day come from the celebration of the Zulu King, Shaka, and was formally known as King Shaka Day.
Just as King Shaka was instrumental in uniting the various clans that form the Zulu nation, Heritage Day encourages all citizens of South Africa – no matter what gender, race or culture – to come together and celebrate the rich and diverse cultural heritage of the proudly rainbow nation.
Heritage Day is a day for South Africans to honour and appreciate each other as individuals and has a profound power in helping to build a united nation.
On this day, South Africans are encouraged to celebrate their different cultures, the diversity of their beliefs and traditions.
Frequently, Heritage Day is popularly referred to as National Braai Day, which has become a popular tradition for South Africans. This is yet another way that the citizens of South Africa join together to celebrate their diverse heritage and culture.
Not only do South Africans take advantage of Heritage Day to enjoy a braai, they also take advantage of the fact that we are able to “show-off” our culture and heritage through traditional clothing.
Over the years, South Africans have taken to wearing their traditional clothes with pride and that is exactly what took place at Outworx, as the staff participated in this year’s Heritage Day celebration.