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Heritage Day

Heritage Day in KwaZulu-Natal is also known as Shaka day in commemoration of the legendary Zulu King.

Why do we celebrate Heritage day? South Africans celebrate Heritage Day by remembering the cultural heritage of the many cultures that make up the population of the rainbow nation. Various events are staged throughout the country to commemorate this day. Zulu traditional food.

It is a day in which all people are encouraged to celebrate their cultural traditions in the wider context of the great diversity of cultures, beliefs and traditions that make up the Nation of South Africa.

Sorghum and Millet are crops just as important as maize, mainly used for the making of traditional African beer. Popular African dishes are beans, dumplings and Qude (Rooster). What do Zulu people wear on heritage day? Female Africans wear beads, isicholo and isidwaba. Male Africans wear ibheshu, umughele and carry a hawu, (also known as a shield) What does heritage mean to us? On this day we celebrate the cultural diversity of our beautiful rich country.

Our indigenous music and food is what define our heritage the most. I think, because a lot of people express their beliefs through traditional music and food, hence Heritage Day was nicknamed National Braai Day. We celebrated Heritage Day with a bang at Alpha and Omega School! Since the day is supposed to unify people through their diverse cultures, beliefs and traditions, our learners never disappoint. It was such a colourful and joyous day with different cultures represented through dance and drama. – Lydia Ssentongo Written by Uyanda Yende – Grade 7

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