Celebrating National Heritage Day 

On 24 September South Africans celebrate their rich, vibrant and diverse culture. 

The day is typically celebrated with South Africans dressing up in traditional clothing and engaging in a national braai. 

National Heritage Day is celebrated by millions of people, but what is Heritage Day and why do we celebrate it? 

Former President Nelson Mandela said, in an address during 1996, “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.” 

Since then South Africans have embraced Heritage Day as a way to remember their own culture and to celebrate other cultures that make up the “Rainbow Nation”. 

Many events are held across the country, while some people like to dress up in traditional attire to celebrate this day. 

National Heritage Day plays an important role in promoting cultural diversity, social cohesion, reconciliation, peace and economic development. By doing so South Africans are addressing challenges they may face in their communities today. 

Heritage Day is an opportunity for you to remember where you came from and to recognise South African history. 

While we only celebrate Heritage Day once a year, it is important to take note of the history and cultures of the people around us, especially during times like these. 

From Debt Rescue we wish you and your family a happy and wonderful Heritage Day! 

Let us know in the comments below what you’re up to this Heritage Day. 

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