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South African Heritage Day
September 24, 2017
Heritage Day is a public holiday in South Africa that is always celebrated on 24 September. If Heritage Day falls on a Sunday, the following Monday is observed as a public holiday.
The intention of Heritage Day is for all South Africans to celebrate their heritage, the diversity of their beliefs and traditions and remember their struggles against Apartheid.
In 2005, a media campaign was launched to re brand Heritage Day as National Braai Day. Braai is the Afrikaans for a barbeque. The intention was to recognise the South African culinary tradition of holding informal backyard barbecues.
While some felt this was an irreverent way to celebrate South Africa’s rich heritage, the response has been embracing the idea of South Africa’s National Heritage Council endorsing the idea. In response, the National Braai Day campaign changed the name to Braai4Heritage.