Braai Day – Unmistakably South African
Updated: Sep 19, 2019
I’m not sure which is the most popular in South Africa, rugby or braai, but what I do know is that on 24 September, the entire country comes to a standstill. To braai*, that is.
24 September – National Heritage Day – is a major public holiday in South Africa. It celebrates the great diversity of cultures, beliefs, and traditions that make up the nation of South Africa. Heritage Day is also called ‘Braai Day’ because if there’s one thing within this great diversity that all South Africans have in common, it is the braai (or barbecue).
Braai4Heritage is a non-profit organisation solely committed to uniting South Africans all over the world by means of an activity enjoyed by all and for which South Africans are world-famous. In the spirit of celebrating shared culture rather than focusing on cultural divisions, Braai4Heritage calls upon all South Africans to celebrate their common roots by having a braai on Heritage Day.
Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, the National spokesperson for Braai Day said in 2007: ”There are so many things that are pulling us apart, but the braai has the wonderful potential to bring us all together. We have 11 official languages, but only one word for braai.” Unity at its best!
As we speak, millions of South Africans are preparing for Braai Day. Dear fellow South Africa lovers, I invite you to join the movement and invite your friends and family for a braai this coming Tuesday, no matter where you are in the world. And if you live overseas, it’s a really cool way to bring South Africa into your home!
Have fun & Happy Braai Day!
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