Heritage Day is an important day in South Africa history because it the day South Africans from all walk of life recognises different aspects of their culture as they celebrate their cultural heritage, the diversity of their beliefs and different traditions.
It is the day which is recognised as public holiday
Heritage not only refers to South Africa historical inheritance, creative expression and food, but it also embraces the various languages that have become entrenched in South Africa cultural milieu.
Language is the key ingredient humans require to build bridges of understanding between cultures and communities. Language is also a key factor in building democracy and thriving businesses and in an increasingly interdependent world, the knowledge of a language becomes indispensable.
This is the foundation of all communities and an essential source of identity and continuity. Aspects of living heritage include: cultural tradition, oral history, performance, ritual, popular memory, skills and techniques, indigenous knowledge system and the holistic approach to nature, society and social relationships. In South Africa the term “intangible cultural heritage” is used interchangeably with the term “living heritage”.
Living heritage plays an important role in promoting cultural diversity, social cohesion, reconciliation, peace and economic development. In every community there are living human treasures who possess a high degree of knowledge, skills and history pertaining to different aspects of diverse living heritage. It is therefore important for South Africans to reclaim, restore and preserve these various aspects of living heritage to accelerate the use of living heritage to address challenges communities are facing today.
Therefore lets all join hands as we celebrate this important day on 24 September as we recognise and celebrate the cultural wealth of South Africa nation.
HAPPY HERITAGE DAY SOUTH AFRICA