Heritage Day recognises and celebrates the cultural wealth of our nation. South Africans celebrate the day by remembering the cultural heritage of the many cultures that make up the population of South Africa. Various events are staged throughout the country to commemorate this day. President Cyril Ramaphosa on Saturday delivered the keynote address at the official Heritage Day celebrations at the Union Building, South Lawns, Pretoria.
The celebrations started with the Gauteng Carnival Parade which is a celebration of Gauteng’s diverse cultures through colorful costumes, music and dance. The carnival then moved from the Union Buildings to Burgers Park.
Festivities were held at the Union buildings with different indigenous groups showcasing their beautiful talents Under the theme “Celebrating the Legacy of Solomon Linda and South Africa’s Indigenous Music”.
Living heritage plays an important role in promoting cultural diversity, social cohesion, reconciliation, peace and economic development. In every community there are living human treasures who possess a high degree of knowledge, skills and history pertaining to different aspects of diverse living heritage. It is therefore important for South Africans to reclaim, restore and preserve these various aspects of living heritage to accelerate the use of living heritage to address challenges communities are facing today.