Heritage Day - September 24
Sun, Sep 24, 2023

Heritage Day

Heritage Day is celebrated every year on September 24th and celebrates the heritage and cultural roots of South Africa. The culture of this country is so diverse that it is called the Rainbow Nation. A huge number of nationalities live here, which differ in skin color and traditions. To emphasize the originality of South African culture, Heritage Day was established.


The mission of the holiday is to acquaint people with the culture and heritage of South Africa, talk about how people live, and teach them to accept them for who they are. Traditionally, Heritage Day is celebrated with a barbeque picnic called a braai. Why September 24th? On this day, South Africa also celebrates Shaka Day, a memorial day for the Zulu monarch who founded the Zulu nation.

Interesting Facts

  • Every year on September 24, South Africans gather at the tomb of King Shaka, an important person in the history of South Africa.
  • In 1995, there was an attempt to recognize the day of the memory of Shaka as an official holiday. As a result, Heritage Day appeared.
  • South Africa has 10 World Heritage Sites recognized by the United Nations.

How to take part

The symbol of the holiday is a picnic, so organize fun gatherings with friends in the braai style. Read more about South Africa; the history of this country is filled with dramatic events. Share your thoughts about the holiday on social networks, this is an interesting topic for conversation.

When is Heritage Day in 2023?

Heritage Day is observed on September 24 each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Sunday September 24 2023
Tuesday September 24 2024
Wednesday September 24 2025
Thursday September 24 2026