South Africa is one of the most enchanting countries in the world, with beautiful landscapes, so much history and varying cultures. Heritage Day is a public holiday where the people honour and celebrate their culture and the multiplicity of their traditions and beliefs. The heritage of South Africa embraces various aspects like its history, language, food, wildlife, expression and land.
Heritage Day is celebrated yearly on the 24th of September, dating back to 1995. Prior to that time, the day was known as Shaka Day as a tribute to Zulu King or Shaka. He played a crucial role in this unified nation and people gathered annually at his grave in his honour. He died in 1828. After proposals in the Parliament of South Africa and a compromise among the South African political party, Shaka Day was changed to Heritage Day and celebrated each year.
In merriment of this special day, heritage sites of South Africa are visited in recognition of all the diversified cultures. The people celebrate their cultures through research, music, art and teaching. A common term is Ubuntu, which means “I am because you are” and is used with respect for all their people. In honour of this celebratory day back in 1996, former President Nelson Mandela stated that the decision to rename the day due to the varied and rich cultural heritage had such an impact in helping to build the new nation of South Africa.
Despite diversities, this is a time when all people of all cultures, races, politics and beliefs join together to recognise the wonder nation they live in. The country, known as the “rainbow nation” has had a bloody history and the celebrations not only honour the past, but relish in all that has been accomplished to make South Africa what it is today.
At the start of this special day, there is a Presidential address to the people along with statements from other officials. Various events culminate throughout the country through comedy, dance, games, activities, food, wine and wildlife. Grandiflora in South Africa can help with life’s special events and has done so for the past 10 years. They can provide all types of beautiful flowers, invitations, party baskets, and décor for any and all celebrations.
For a grand Heritage Day celebration, Grandiflora offers a wide variety of party essentials in all colour combinations that includes candles, vases, glasses, bowls, imported serviettes and more. Celebrate the prosperous and peaceful future of a grand nation like South Africa, the “rainbow nation” and all the varied cultures that unite to honour one another on Heritage Day.
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