South Africa’s Heritage Day is delightful. It serves to highlight the nation’s incredible variety of cultures, languages, wildlife, cuisine, music and dance. And, it happily falls as the new leaves of spring brightens up parks and gardens.
Heritage Day delights
Delightfully, shopping during heritage week is rewarding as workers swop uniforms for cultural finery. Moreover, colours and styles combine to turn each of them into a regal representative for their culture. Sadly, my culture fades alongside theirs and the most I can hope for is adoption. Additionally, my jeans and T-shirt reduce my culture to roast beef, a few old hymns and an expressive language. Unsurprisingly, Heritage Day shopping sees me blending in with the dry goods.
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But, South Africa is so much more than her clothing, and languages. Musically, South Africa offers a vast variety and loads of rhythm. After all, it is the birthplace of “Jerusalema”.
President calls on South Africans to dance
President Ramaphosa suggests everyone does the “Jerusalema” today and videos were up on Twitter bright and early. Sadly, ours failed. Mainly, owing to staff members rendered beyond helpless with laughter at me. Luckily, others were more successful.
— Stats SA (@StatsSA) September 24, 2020
Excitingly, musical events are planned to prove SA is so much more than the wonderful “Jerusalema’.
The two day event will be hosted online, on the EC Jazz Facebook page.
Theme: “Celebrating South Africa’s Living Human Treasures”
Date: 24th – 25th of September 2020
Facebook handle: EasternCapeJazzFest pic.twitter.com/h1oFYVrJ01
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Unsurprisingly, the abundance of choice for Heritage celebrations is extensive. Happily dancing, braaing, or just a chicken stew are all acceptable forms of celebration. Undoubtedly, a little heritage travel is always another option. Fortunately, South Africa offers landscapes, wildlife, seascapes and fishing. Moreover, whatever choices you make, remember to celebrate and respect everyone else’s cultures, not just today, but every day.
Today marks World Heritage Day which originated in 1996, to recognise all aspects of South African culture including creative expression, history, language, cuisine and customs – everything that contributes to the country’s rich diversity. pic.twitter.com/WqsdEPR7bU
— South African Tourism (@SouthAfricaANZ) September 24, 2020
Happy, happy Heritage Day South Africa!