Heritage Day is a South African public holiday celebrated on 24 September. On this day, South Africans across all spectrums of society are encouraged to celebrate their culture and the diversity of their beliefs and traditions.
In the wider context of a nation that belongs to all its people and includes the whole nation, South Africans celebrate Heritage Day by remembering the cultural heritage of the many cultures that make up the population of South Africa.
According to CapeTown Magazine: “Heritage Day was not originally intended to be an official South African public holiday, but when the Public Holiday Bill presented in 1995 did not have 24 September included as a proposed public holiday, the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) objected to the bill.”
“In KwaZulu Natal (traditionally an IFP stronghold), the day was observed as Shaka Day, after the legendary King Shaka Zulu. After negotiations, a compromise was reached and the day was given its present title and recognised as an official public holiday.”
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