Heritage Day is a South African public holiday celebrated on 24 September, it is also know as Shaka Day.
Heritage Day was declared a public holiday in 1996 and, since then, the 24th of September has been a day that encourages us to celebrate our cultural traditions, communities and heritage.
On this day, South Africans are encouraged to celebrate their culture and the diversity of their beliefs and traditions, in the wider context of a nation that belongs to all its people.
Each year in early spring, people across the nation get together to eat, drink and be merry, celebrating what makes us all uniquely South African.
Our heritage provides clues to our past and how our society has evolved.
It helps us examine our history and traditions and enables us develop an awareness about ourselves.
Heritage is a keystone of our culture that plays an important role in our politics, society, business and world view.
Hatch celebrated the day by hosting Heritage Day events simultaneously around the country.
Employees donned traditional outfits from their own nationalities and shared a meal together of traditional dishes from the employees' many cultures.
Heritage month is all about exploring the Natural beauty and historical sites, experience ling something new and embracing new diverse heritage.
South Africans celebrate the day by remembering the cultural heritage of the many cultures that make up the population of South Africa.
Living heritage plays an important role in promoting cultural diversity, social cohesion, reconciliation, peace and economic development.
In an address marking Heritage Day in 1996, the late former State President Nelson Mandela said, “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.”
In celebrating the Heritage day, Men wear a front apron, known as an isinene, and a rear apron, ibheshu, to cover the genitals and buttocks.
This culture is big on colours and beads worn by married women, idzila is an accessory placed around the neck, arms, and legs.
Their colourful blanket, umbalo, is also for married women.
In contemporary KwaZulu-Natal, married Zulu women commonly wear elaborately beaded capes as a sign of respect to both the ancestors and their husbands' families.
In some rural areas, married Zulu women still wear capes in combination with pleated leather skirts made from the hides of ritually slaughtered animals.
The Heritage day has been really colour, as men and women are see wearing fashionable outfits, while most women are adorned with colours beads.
Checkout Adorable Photos Of How Mzansi People Stylishly Dressed To Celebrate The Heritage Day:
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