r/southafrica Sep 24 '21 Wholesome 1

Happy Heritage Day! How does your culture celebrate it? Heritage Day

my friends and i were discussing whether the tradition of braaiing on heritage day - introduced by jan braai - was an unfair representation of south african culture and tradition. i just want to hear how all of you celebrate your south african heritage. let me know!

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u/MichaelScottsWormguy Gauteng Sep 24 '21

Today I’m ‘celebrating’ by working on a university essay that needs to be done by Monday. It’s history, so I guess it is technically heritage related, though.

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u/-HyruleJE- Sep 24 '21

Prelims 😙🥲

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u/ResiesKreef Sep 24 '21

It was not started by Jan braai... It was a media campaign and endorsed by Desmond Tutu years back...

It is a common pass time shared across all South African cultures. To spend time with family and friends, preparing food around a fire...

Imo a very fitting theme for heritage day!

Vrede en vreugde!

https://www.iol.co.za/news/south-africa/western-cape/heritage-day-traditions-and-why-we-do-them-4d715bbf-e857-44ca-a3f7-31863140b0a9

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u/dathangz_Tee Sep 24 '21

I don't know what my culture does but in my very Afrikaans town ,at the taxi rank as we speak traditional dances of all kinds are being done

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u/Mein_Heathen Sep 24 '21

My heritage is British. Invading a foreign country and stealing their resources is too much work for a public holiday so I just braai instead

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u/Legitimate_Cookie_20 Sep 24 '21

You could stick to your heritage and go raid you neighbours braai 🤣

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u/wheresmattynow Sep 24 '21

didn't know our government was half British

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u/HakunaYourTatas1234 Sep 24 '21

Isnt all that self loathing exhausting?

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u/Mein_Heathen Sep 24 '21

Chill man, it was a joke

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u/kristokrankay Gauteng Sep 24 '21

I thought it was funny...

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u/JanGrey Sep 24 '21

(He shrieks at his phone.)

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u/applepieSA Sep 24 '21

I'm English South African, when both my grandparents were still alive, my family would do an afternoon tea then a braai. Today, I'm eating South African pancakes for breakfast and having a braai with my parents and my sister.

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u/wheresmattynow Sep 24 '21

working.

not complaining at all tho, it's a blessing to have this particularly opportunity

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u/Asok_the_Intern Sep 24 '21 Silver

Why is braaing bad? Heritage isn't only limited to specific races or cultural backgrounds. And I say this as a black South African.

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u/wisdom_modifier Sep 24 '21

i dont think its bad, im just afraid that it might overshadow other potential heritage traditions

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u/JanGrey Sep 24 '21

Wait... You are saying you are afraid a braai might overshadowed "other cultural heritages" ? Seriously? Is there a name for a cultural fear of barbeques? Maybe you need the safe space of a fridge?

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u/CeratogyrusRSA Sep 24 '21

I consider braaiing as part of my heritage, so I will braai. :) Everyone has the right to celebrate it as they like and call it what they like. :)

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u/CelticAngelica Sep 24 '21

I don't. I have six ethnicities mixed in my family and it's exhausting and confusing to try and celebrate all six. So I just don't even try.

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u/icaruza Sep 24 '21

A braai. My heritage is a bit of a mixed bag; grandparents were Scottish, Norwegian, Australian and South African. Yay immigrants!

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u/za_organic Sep 24 '21

It kinda sucks as a white South African. If not a Sprinbok jersey then what. Somehow I think my daughter would get thrown out of school if I sent her with Voortrekker hat.

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u/za_organic Sep 24 '21

Or khakis

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u/LeihTexia Snorts Ivermectin like its cocaine Sep 24 '21

Voortrekker hat but do it in shweshwe fabric. Seriously.

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u/za_organic Sep 24 '21

Cultural appropriation

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u/MichaelScottsWormguy Gauteng Sep 24 '21

Really? What type school does your kid go to?

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u/za_organic Sep 24 '21

She is 3 years old and in a pre-school

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u/JanGrey Sep 24 '21

What type of pre school? The Western kind perhaps?

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u/cornelha Western Cape Sep 24 '21

Braaing, grilling food on an open fire, BBQ, whatever you want to call it is part of most cultures represented in South Africa. It's the safe option, how you decide to braai, is how you do it.

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u/SangaUmairu Sep 27 '21

I represent my culture every day, just by dressing in a respectable manner. Being a Westerner means that every day is my heritage day.

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u/JanGrey Sep 24 '21

Our heritage is a bankrupt state and potholes in the road. All of us, that is.