South Africa is quite a diverse country, so it would follow that we have some diverse holidays.
The 24th of September marks a public holiday called Heritage Day.
Originally known as ‘Shaka’s Day’, which was a tribute to the Zulu King Shaka on the date of his presumed death in 1828.
The day has also been dubbed ‘National Braai Day’.
A South African barbecue (BBQ) is called a ‘braai’, which is the Afrikaans word for ‘fry’. A variety of meats, sausage and vegetables, as well as breads, can be cooked on the ‘braai stand’.
Braai’s are a great way of bringing people together. Whether planned or impromptu, it’s a fast and easy way for everyone to get involved, especially in making the side dishes, and to spend an afternoon or evening around a fire chatting, snacking and just having a great time with your favourite people around you.
Remembering our Heritage is important. Knowing where you’ve come from can have a massive impact on who and what you become in the future.
Wishing all my fellow South Africans an amazing Heritage Day and a fantastic Braai Day!