Heritage Day in South Africa is an annual public holiday that occurs on September 24. On this day, South Africans celebrate their culture and the diversity of beliefs and traditions in the country. The holiday was originally known as Shaka Day, in remembrance of King Shaka Zulu.
Heritage Day being a special occasion, it was the perfect time for South Africans to dress up and let their traditional outfits take center stage as they celebrated their cultural heritage with a touch of personal aesthetics. Many of course took to Instagram to share their looks.
South Africa, informally known as Mzansi, has had a history of apartheid, racial tensions, political fragmentation, and xenophobia, some of which still persist till date. As such, Heritage Day is special for the South African people as the nation strives to be united by the differences that once divided them. The day also passes on a message on the beauty and power of diversity.
With 11 official languages, each culture embraces the essence of what it means to be a South African through food, music, dance, and fashion. From the Xhosa tribe to the Zulus, to Swati, Ndebele, Venda, Tsonga, Tswana, and Basotho, South Africans took to the gram to rep their heritage in cultural style.
Check out some of our favorite looks from South African Heritage Day…
WATCH: Several Instagram reels were also made to celebrate the day…
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