From small towns to big cities millions of South Africans are preparing to braai for their country on Braai Day, held annually on the 24th of September – National Heritage Day. The day on which South Africans across the spectrum are encouraged to celebrate their cultural heritage and the diversity of their beliefs and traditions, in the wider context of a nation that belongs to its entire people.
This is a pastime that unites us as a people whether we are standing around a braai with family, friends or even co workers, there is something about the fire that draws us closer together.
To position National Braai Day as South Africa’s annual day of celebration. South Africans gathering around fires, being the central theme of the celebration.
- National Heritage Day is a public holiday in South Africa. Our government set this day aside for all South Africans to celebrate our rich heritage.
- Across race, language, region and religion, we all share one common heritage. It is called many things: Chisa Nyama, Braai and Ukosa to name few. Although the ingredients may differ, the one thing that never changes is that when we have something to celebrate we light fires, and prepare great feasts.
- We encourage all South Africans to at some point during 24 September each year, gather around a fire and braai.
- We liken this initiative to annual celebrations cherished by other leading nations of the world; Thanksgiving for Americans, St Patricks Day for the Irish, Bastille Day for the French and Australia Day for Australians.
- This is a noble cause, which will contribute to strengthening South Africa as a nation.
It’s time to get your family together, rally up your mates, stock up on meat and salads and drinks and snacks and GET YOUR BRAAI ON!
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