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Heritage Day

posted Oct 18, 2013, 10:26 AM by Nelisiwe Walaza   [ updated Mar 7, 2014, 9:09 AM by Peter Johannsen ]

Heritage Day will forever be an important day to honor and celebrate as it is the time we come together as a nation to rejoice and be proud of the cultures and traditions we originate from.  In this new generation, we are constantly told that we, the youth, have lost our cultures and that we don’t respect our traditions. We had to change this mindset.

Our Heritage day event took place on the 24th September at the KYP centre, and it was our 3rd year hosting.  We had four cultural groups up the stage, the Xhosas, Zulus, Tsongas and the Sothos. Everyone had the opportunity to present and showcase the beauty of their culture and what is it that makes it different from all the other cultural groups.  The crowd was packed, each person screaming and chanting for their cultural group, and the enthusiasm in everyone’s faces was so amazing. Each group did an outstanding job throughout the show, presenting the unique elements of their cultures. It was also exciting to know that while we were celebrating Heritage Day at KYP, throughout the nation everyone were doing the same.

And who would ever celebrate Heritage Day without having the chance to taste the old traditional food that we grew up eating in our mother’s homes? KYP’s kitchen staff cooked a well known traditional dish that all South Africans love, and everyone who attended the event was served the delicious Samp and Beans with Tribe Meat dish. You could tell from the appreciation that these dishes are not cooked  as often as they were  in the old days. 

Having 11 different languages symbolizes the diversity of our nation.  How inspiring it is that no matter how different we are, we still find a way to be one united nation. Heritage Day is one day we value particularly as it encourages all of us to appreciate the diverse cultures of our country.