...when South Africans celebrate the diverse cultural heritage that makes up a "rainbow nation". It is the day to celebrate the contribution of all South Africans to the building of South Africa(sic) —Lowry 21:1995
Why Heritage Day?
Heritage Day is arguably South Africa's favourite holiday because it is otherwise known as National Braai Day. South Africa's favourite past time!
Before delving into tips and tricks on how to make your Braai Day better than ever this year, let's have a look at why the 24 September is National Heritage Day.
Pre-1995, 24 September was know as Shaka Day in ode to the well-known Zulu King, Shaka Zulu. Shaka managed to unite all the tumultuous Zulu tribes into one cohesive nation. When the updated Public Holidays Bill was presented to the new parliament in 1995, 24th September was not listed. After the IFP objected to this, the IFP and parliament compromised with National Heritage Day. A day for all South Africans to celebrate their rich and diverse cultural history and traditions.
With braaing being a South African tradition across all cultures, many celebrate by stoking up a fire in the backyard, surrounded by friends and family.
This Braai Day, do something a little extra for you and your environment by investing in eco-friendly products. Not only will they bring peace of mind, but they will improve your Braai Day enormously.
Sunny weather, swimming and good food goes hand in hand with National Braai Day. Fire up the braai with our green eco-lighters and eco-logs. We even have a solar radio to provide some great local musical radio shows.
If you are spending your day out, our water purifiers will ensure that you have fresh water when you need it. Swimming and wet clothes? No problem. Our portable dryer is affordable and easy to use. We also have a great powerbank that provides power for cellphones, tablets, cameras and laptops too.
Save on doing the dishes and keeping the earth clean by getting some biodegradeable crockery and cutlery for the day. No more wasteful polystyrene products this year. Invest in your garden by throwing your salad off-cuts into our very convenient indoor kitchen composter. A great source of nutrients for your vegetable garden! Recycle, recycle, recycle with our fab range of recycling bins. Need to boil potatoes? Save electricity with our large hotbag. Simply bring the pot to a boil, switch the stove off and place the pot into the hotbag. The bag insulates the heat and food can be left to cook without wasting power. It also serves as a heating tray to keep food warm for longer.
When dusk settles in, keep the celebrations going by lighting up the evening with ambient solar. lighting and some traditional story-telling. And feel free to send us pictures! We would love to see how you celebrate your culture. Let's include some green consciousness into our own traditions and cultures from this year on to ensure that future generations have many more years to celebrate this wonderful day.