On 24 September, South Africa celebrates Heritage Day – a celebration of our nation’s wealthy and numerous heritage. On this day, residents come collectively and are inspired to rejoice their tradition and the range of their beliefs and traditions as every of these makes South Africa the rainbow nation that it’s.
Heritage Day in Mzansi
As we commemorate the fantastic thing about our numerous nation, a few of Mzansi’s hottest celebrities share what their heritage means to them and why it’s one thing that ought to be celebrated.
Television and radio character Carol Ofori says that this year, she is taking some thrilling steps to study extra about her background. “Heritage Day for me this year is about where I am from. It’s about me finding out where my mom and dad are from. It’s also about loving the fact that my heritage is being an African woman and instilling this into how I am raising my children, who are Pan-African. I like to view myself as a Pan-African as well, because for me it’s beyond just being a Pedi girl, it’s about being a Pedi girl who loves her African heritage,” Carol says. She provides that this Heritage Day she is “doing an ancestry DNA test. I am very excited to see what the results will say because as much as I know I am South African, I am keen to see what else the results will show.”
For DJ Sabby, Heritage Day has a lot extra that means now that he’s a father. “As a young African man and being fully aware of where we come from is something that I truly embrace because that defines our legacy,” the DJ explains. “Being a father now, that is what I need to pass onto my son and what he will have to pass onto his children. That is the continuation of heritage and culture. This Heritage Day, we can shisa nyama and just chill with family let’s also have an educational moment so we can keep the essence of the day alive and celebrate who we truly are.”
Presenter, businesswoman and media character Kriya Gangiah says that being an Indian lady in South Africa is one thing that she celebrates day by day. “Heritage, to me, is an understanding of our past so that we can be better prepared for our future,” she explains. “My heritage as a South African Indian woman means that not only has the good, like the food and the dress, been passed on to me but also the drive to prevent the struggles of our past. I am grateful for my heritage. It has shaped who I am today.”
Radio character, pilot and DJ Alex Caige shares the significance of celebrating the entire cultures that home themselves inside South Africa and explains that he, personally, has spent a number of time not too long ago understanding how his household landed up in South Africa. “To me, Heritage Day is all about the different cultures we have in the country and the diversity we have within the country as well,” Alex explains. “This Heritage Day is quite special to me because my family and I traced our heritage back to the early 1800s from different parts of the Netherlands and learned how we made the transition to South Africa. This gave me a chance to reflect on how my family has lived through different parts of South Africa and how I landed up in Johannesburg.” He provides “I urge everyone to spend some time researching your heritage because it may just surprise you.”
Dancer, choreographer, DJ, producer and all-round entertainer Courtnaé Paul says that her heritage is one thing that’s extremely essential to her and her household – and shall be celebrating this special occasion with these shut to her. “Nothing says heritage quite like family and that’s how I’ll be spending my day – surrounded by family and friends and celebrating the culture and heritage of our rainbow nation,” she says. “I think days like this, where you get to stop and appreciate all the good bits and pieces that make up our diverse country, are super important and a reminder to just how special South Africa really is.”