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1 When is your national holiday, why did you choose it and how do you celebrate it? The question:

2 DateNameDefinition 21 MarchHuman Rights DayAnniversary of the Sharpeville massacre in AprilFreedom DaySee following pages 1 MayWorkers’ DayCelebrating the hard workers daily life in and around SA 16 JuneYouth DaySee following pages 9 AugustNational Women’s DayAnniversary of the demonstration of women against the pass law in SeptemberHeritage DaySee following pages 16 DecemberDay of ReconciliationAnniversary of the battle at Blood River in 1838 between the Boers and the Zulu South Africa’s national holidays

3 A little bit of South Africas background history (necessary to understand the origin of our national holidays) Apartheid was a system of government that promoted racial segregation; eg. black people were forced to speak another language and live under terrible conditions during Apartheid non-whites (90% of the population)had limited rights to vote Township is a slum (informal settlement), that black people were forced to live in. South Western Township (Soweto)

4 Freedom D ay… …is a day when we South Africans commemorate the first post-apartheid democratic elections held on 27 th April 1994 Why do we celebrate it on this day ? first democratic elections, where everyone over 18 was allowed to vote It was the first time in South African history when a black president was officially elected- Nelson Mandela People queuing to vote on 27 th April 1994

5 How do we celebrate Freedom Day? there are festivals that take place during this day as a commemoration of the first non-racial elections in South Africa there are huge celebrations and ceremonies, usually held in big stadiums, where famous politicians present speeches like Nelson Mandela

6 Youth Day… Where does it come from? Soweto (South Western Township), the biggest township in South AfricaSoweto (South Western Township), the biggest township in South Africa celebrated on 16 June, when the Soweto riots in 1976 started between black school children and white police men black people stood up for their rights against the white government the iconic person is Hector Pieterson (picture front page) who was the youngest pupil (12 years old) shot dead during the riots …is a day on which South Africans honour young people and their rights and bring attention to their needs.

7 Soweto Riots 1976

8 How do we celebrate Youth Day? by going to the Hector Peterson museum and visiting his grave in Soweto by going to the Hector Peterson museum and visiting his grave in Soweto by wearing school uniforms (even adults) by wearing school uniforms (even adults) by doing activities at church by doing activities at church by celebrations and concerts by celebrations and concerts

9 Heritage Day “...when South Africans celebrate the diverse cultural heritage that makes up a "rainbow nation". It is the day to celebrate the contribution of all South Africans to the building of South Africa” Lowry, 1995 Why do we celebrate it? earlier on known as ‘Shaka Day’ (Shaka Zulu was the king of the Zulu/ one of the cultural groups in SA), then changed to Heritage Day to remember our cultural backgrounds and where we come from because SA has a big cultural variety and different languages Shaka Zulu out of the movie

10 How do we celebrate it? by representing ones culture by wearing cultural clothes and dancing traditional dances by Army Processions, trials, Church events and coming together as a family to Barbecue (‘braai’) Xhosa women in their traditional clothes Ndebele woman in their traditional clothes Zulu dancers in their traditional clothes

11 We hope we gave you an insight in our interesting holidays and our variegated cultures…


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