Heritage Day in South Africa

Heritage Day is a public holiday in South Africa to celebrate South Africans’ cultural heritage and appreciate diversity in their beliefs and traditions. South Africans celebrate Heritage Day on 24 September every year. The purpose of Heritage Day is to accept and respect diversity among South Africans as the citizens in a multicultural nation.

When is Heritage Day 2013?
Heritage Day 2013 falls on Tuesday, 24 September 2013.

When is Heritage Day 2014?
Heritage Day 2014 falls on Wednesday, 24 September 2014.

The Origin of Heritage Day
Formerly, Heritage Day was observed as a local holiday known as Shaka Day in Kwazulu-Natal province in South Africa. It was celebrated to commemorate Shaka, a Zulu King, who had a significant role in forming a cohesive nation from different Zulu clans. Suggested by Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), a political party in South Africa, Shaka Day was then observed as a public holidays in South Africa. Yet, the holiday was renamed Heritage Day so that it could be observed by all citizens throughout South Africa.

Heritage Day 2013 Celebrations
People in South Africa celebrate Heritage Day by conducting series of cultural events throughout the nation. Many local communities also hold barbeques or some communal activities for nearby residents. Each year, the government of South Africa also determines the theme of Heritage Day celebration. Heritage Day is a very important holiday in South Africa as a state whose population coming from different countries with different cultures, beliefs and traditions.

Happy South African Heritage Day 2013 !