Our rich and varied cultural heritage has a profound power to help build our nation – Nelson Mandela.
Today, South Africa celebrates National Heritage Day. Heritage Day is an annual holiday that encourages South Africans to celebrate their roots. South Africa is a proud rainbow nation with 11 official languages and diverse cultures. This day reminds us to not only celebrate the diversity that exists in South Africa, but also individual heritage which is a very important part of our lives.
Although I now live in the States I still appreciate this day as it reminds me to think about who I am and where I come from. It gives me a chance to archive stories of my roots and to reflect on the diverse cultural heritages that form part of my experiences. For me as a 4th generation Indian South African married to a 2nd generation American of Italian and English descent, heritage is dynamic and is constantly being added on. I am so fortunate to get to experience all the different cultural dynamics and learn from it all.
So, today I celebrate heritage day by embracing the spirit of Ubuntu, by remembering all the people who contributed to who I am today and I celebrate all those who continue to enrich my life with their love, wisdom, humility and compassion.
A nation’s culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people ~Mahatma Gandhi
Would love to read what Heritage means to you, so please leave a comment. If you are from South Africa let me how you are celebrating this day? Have an awesome week Lovelies. ❤
Photo Credit: Andrew Swaine