The History of this day is quite interesting. In an address marking Heritage Day in 1996, former President Nelson Mandela stated:
“When our first democratically-elected government decided to make Heritage Day one of our national days. We did so because we knew that our rich and varied cultural heritage has a profound power to help build our new nation”
former President Nelson Mandela 1996
South Africa is an extremely diverse nation. Our nation comprises of many vastly different cultural groups. For this reason South Africa has eleven official languages (one of the highest-ranking countries in the world for this). It certainly isn’t known as the Rainbow Nation for nothing. Despite the many differences amongst its citizens, South Africa has a strong sense of unity around longstanding traditions.
South Africans most certainly celebrate Heritage Day by “braaing” (bbq-ing). To such an extent that a media campaign sought to rebrand the holiday as National Braai Day. Especially in recognition of the strong South African tradition. The name later changed to Braai4Heritage, and the initiative received the endorsement of South Africa’s National Heritage Council.
SA Chamber USA joined the thousands of South Africans in the USA celebrating “braai” day 2020.