Today, the 24th of September, is Heritage Day in South Africa. It is a day where we celebrate our country’s heritage that has been “inherited from the past, passed on by those – people, experiences and events – that have come before us”. It is a day where we choose to focus on the positive despite the many challenges we face as a nation.
Heritage day is also National Braai Day (barbeque day) and a wonderful reason for families and friends to enjoy one of our nation’s favourite pastimes and great traditions.
In celebration of my heritage as a South African I’ve compiled a list of a few things that, in my opinion, are some of the best things about our beautiful country.
The diversity of our rainbow nation. Beautiful nature – from Table Mountain and the Knysna forest to the Kruger National Park and the Drakensberge. The Big Five – Leopard, Lion, Rhino, Elephant and Buffalo. Highveld thunderstorms. Melktert and Koeksisters. The Protea flower, our national flower. Our people’s determination to succeed. Freedom for all. Vuvuzelas. Our national anthem, Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika. Nelson Mandela. Braai’s. Biltong and droëwors. Simba chips. Four seasons in one day. The Gautrain. A bag of slap chips drenched in salt and vinegar. Cape Town. Jozi. Durbs. Bobotie. Pretoria’s Jacaranda trees. Good local music. Words like Lekker, Laduma and Eish. The friendliness of our people. Wimpy breakfasts. Our inspiring Olympians like Chad le Clos and Natalie du Toit. South African sunsets. Rooibos tea and Ouma rusks. Ubuntu. Proudly South African spirit as a nation.
P.S. If you’re wondering about the meaning of some of the words, click here.
I’m off to braai with my family! Have a good Monday, dear readers!