What does Heritage Day mean to you? Our brand heroes share their traditions
At Somerset Mall, we take great pride in our wonderful brand heroes, who hail from different cultures and walks of life. We recently caught up with these inspiring humans to find out what they love most about Heritage Day and what their culture means to them. Here’s what they had to say:
Bas Newman: Embrace the power of the braai
“As a coloured person living in South Africa, it’s wonderful to see more and more our heritage and culture being embraced. We are known for our eccentric colours, the Cape Coons, our lekker ‘dyt’ like Gatsby sandwiches, and we also recently celebrated the first-ever World Koesister Day - to me this was a massive win for my heritage. Growing up, our Sundays were always filled with the smells of warm koeksisters after church and the world to be celebrating this iconic treat made me very proud,” says Bas.
“Even though our country has its ups and downs, it makes me feel hopeful that we can take one day to celebrate not only being of a certain race or culture but celebrate being South African. Heritage Day has also been dubbed ‘National Braai Day’ and I recently concluded the Braai Tour with Jan Braai. During this trip I once again realised that people from all walks of life unite around the fire – this is truly unique to South Africa. To me Heritage Day is a day to celebrates us as a people, embracing all races, cultures and colours; it is quite possibly my favourite holiday of them all.”
Gabriella Noki: Own your look & strut your cultural stuff
“To me, Heritage Day means celebrating our different cultures and traditions by showcasing our style through diverse cultural clothing,” says Gabriella. “It is a day where culture is being celebrated; the day symbolises respect for all of our African traditions. It encourages us youth to be positive of our roots and learn about each other’s different cultures. My advice? Get dressed up and strut your cultural stuff this Heritage Day!”
Adriaan Diedericks: Take some time to value your family
“To me, Heritage Day is a day to celebrate family. We also happen to celebrate my father’s birthday on this holiday, so it’s the perfect excuse to come together as a braai and spend some quality time in the platteland,” says Adriaan.
Junette Syster: Enjoy all your favourite childhood treats
“To me, Heritage Day means celebrating some of the traditions I grew up. There is nothing I love more than a good braai, potato salad, braaibroodjies and my mom's homemade milk tart. I grew up on a farm so we would always have lots of family and friends around. I still try and keep that part of the day going,” says Junette.
“Our group of friends are quite diverse, so it is always such a treat when we get together, and everyone brings some of their favourite traditional dishes. Heritage day 2017 was also the day I found out I was pregnant with my Luca, so it has extra special meaning to me. This year I will be missing this wonderful celebration as I’m out of the country, but believe you me I will have a steak to keep some of the tradition going this year. I wish everyone a beautiful Heritage day as we celebrate our rich and varied cultural heritage together.”
Happy Heritage Day, all!