Celebrating Heritage Day

The month of September is an important one in the South African calendar as it is the time when the country’s cultural heritage is celebrated. On Heritage Day South Africans celebrate their individual heritage as well as the country’s rich diversity, an act that shapes the country’s national character and contributes towards building a “rainbow nation”.Wiki_Loves_Monuments

Coined National Braai Day, on September 24, South Africans are encouraged to come together and celebrate by taking part in a nationally recognised activity, namely a braai. “We encourage all South Africans to unite around fires, share our heritage and wave the South African flag,” Braai.com writes.

Wiki Loves Monuments is another website that recognizes and celebrates the world’s heritage. Through a photographic competition, photography enthusiasts from around the world are called to submit photographs of monuments which can be taken from anywhere, at anytime around the world.

In celebration of Heritage Day, Wiki Loves Monuments ZA, the South African component of the international competition is also calling on members of the South African community to upload monuments from across the country. Again, photographs can be taken from anywhere and at anytime in South Africa. The only requirement is that all images are of a South African monument.

The competition runs until the end of September and you must have an account with Creative Commons to upload your photographs. For more terms and conditions visit Wiki Loves Monuments.

Read The Rainbow Nation to learn more about the significance of Heritage Day.

Compiled by Portia Mthembu, Online Content Administrator at Who’s Who