In South Africa, Heritage day was Yesterday the 24th of September, which is also a public holiday and we as South Africans get to celebrate our diverse heritage in South Africa!
Originally, Heritage Day was known as Shaka Day in KwaZulu-Natal, according to South African History Online (https://www.sahistory.org.za) . To commemorate the Zulu king, Shaka Zulu, the day was made into a public holiday.
The Public Holidays Bill was presented in 1995 to the new democratic Parliament of South Africa but did not include Shaka Day. The bill was objected by the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), a South African political party with a large Zulu membership.
After some time passed, the African National Congress (ANC) and parliament managed to reach a compromise with the IFP. It was then agreed that the day should become a holiday where all South Africans can celebrate their extremely diverse cultural heritage.
In South Africa, there is definitely no shortage of cultural diversity, especially when we have more than 10 official languages. See Wikipedia source here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Languages_of_South_Africa
How do you celebrate you heritage?
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