As we shake off our winter blues and jump into spring down here in South Africa, we’re also jumping into heritage month.
This month recognises aspects of South African culture which are both tangible and intangible: creative expression like music, our historical inheritance, language, the food we eat as well as the popular memory, and it comes to a head on September 24, which is Heritage Day and a national public holiday.
When did it start?
Heritage Day was created by President Nelson Mandela in 1996 to encourage South Africans to celebrate their cultural traditions in the wider context of the great diversity of cultures, beliefs, and traditions that make up our nation.
From Cape Malay cooking and culture, to the legend of Shaka Zulu, South Africa is rich in culture and traditions and the 24th of September is the day we get to reflect on and celebrate these in style.
Here are 10 historic sites where you can celebrate South Africa’s heritage when you’re interning in Cape Town:
(h/t to SouthAfrica.net for this list)
Cape Town’s historic waterfront
St George’s Cathedral, Cape Town
Houses of Parliament, Cape Town
Historic Robben Island, Cape Town
Historic Long Street
Castle of Good Hope
The Bo-Kaap Museum
District Six Museum
Cape Town’s Iziko Museums
Historic Cape Town Gardens
Or if you’re more exciting by the ‘Braai Day’ that’s also celebrated on 24 September, here are 7 ways to eat and drink your way around Cape Town.
Wherever you choose, a journey through a unique history lesson awaits.