HONORING OUR HERITAGE

"In 1995 a request for the day to be confirmed as an official holiday was rejected."

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According to news Africa (Africantravelcanavas.com), September 24 was previously known in South Africa as Shaka Day, a day commemorating the Zulu king of Shaka.

He was known for uniting the Zulu Clan together and forming the Zulu Nation.

In 1995 a request for the day to be confirmed as an official holiday was rejected.

After receiving some pushback from the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), a majority Zulu party, it was decided that the day was needed and would be known as ‘‘Heritage Day.’’

Since then South Africans have celebrated Heritage Day by remembering the cultural heritage of the many different cultures that make up their nation.

Events are held across the country with some people choosing to dress up in traditional attire.

It appears that human beings are indeed a product of the former generations whether we are aware of it or not.

Each individual undoubtedly carries many different sorts of heritage which may be in a form of physical material or spiritual values which reflect in their norms and traditions.

Heritage is something that is or can be inherited, such as in culture, tradition or it can be something of importance handed down.

The heritage assessment tool includes personal ethnicity, support system, living surroundings, eating habits, religion, and cultural background.

Heritage plays an important role in self-identity, and hence the heritage of a country defines it.

As we people, we learn and improve through our past experience and our history our heritage is unique and precious and it cannot be renewed.

It helps us to define our cultural identity and therefore lays at the heart of our spiritual wellbeing and has the power to build a nation.

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