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Heritage Day

Heritage Day

Heritage Day is celebrated on 24 September each year.  It's a day that encourages South Africans to celebrate their culture, beliefs and traditions.

We're known as the rainbow nation because of our rich diversity, many cultures and different traditions. We may have 11 official languages, many different religions, and many different identities but we're one nation.

What is heritage?

Heritage is the shared characteristics, traditions, practices and beliefs that a family, community or social group passes down from one generation to the next. Our heritage can include our natural resources, as well as our culture.

Natural heritage is our natural environment, such as mountains, rivers, protected areas and the animals that inhabit those areas. These areas, like the Cape Floral Kingdom, are unique and enjoy special recognition and protection internationally.

Cultural heritage are the creative and scientific values and innovations that shape us as a society. Poetry, art, film as well as the rock paintings in the Cederberg form part of our cultural heritage.

Even though heritage can vary from person to person, depending on our language, culture and even the city we grew up in, we all share a common national identity as South Africans. 

VIDEO: We asked the question, what is your heritage?

The content on this page was last updated on 21 September 2018