Today we celebrate Heritage Day in South Africa.
In Art class on Saturday we celebrated our heritage in full colour. We spoke about what each colour represents on our national flag and listened to ethnic poetry. We spoke about our country's Coat of Arms, what it means and kids made their own family coat of arms. To end the day, we celebrated with yummy non-cultural food. All in all it was a FUN DAY and the kids felt encouraged to embrace each other as South Africans, and their beautiful cultural diversity, beliefs and traditions.
In marking Heritage Day in 1996, Nelson Mandela stated: “When our first democratically elected government decided to make Heritage Day one of our national days, we did so knowing that the struggles against the injustice and inequities of the past are part of our national identity; they are part of our culture. We knew that, if indeed our nation has to rise like the proverbial phoenix from the ashes of division and conflict, we had to acknowledge those whose selfless efforts and talents were dedicated to this goal of non-racial democracy”.