Sooo today marks the national holiday of Heritage Day which encourages us all to celebrate both our culture and diversity. Now as someone who originally comes from Congo, was born in Zambia, raised in Maun, Botswana and now resides in Midrand, South Africa diversity is a bit of an understatement. What is my heritage? MTV and MNET because I am westernized as they come… Ashamed? I should be shouldn’t I but alas, I am not… Although Heritage Day was today, Midrand Graduate Institute encouraged us to celebrate our cultures with Culture Day this past Friday and students did by coming in outfits of various cultures.
Here we have Tlangelani in custom Zulu attire that is usually worn by married women. We should actually thank the Zulu’s as heritage day stemmed from them celebrating Shaka Zulu who was a legendary Zulu King credited with uniting distinct Zulu clans into one cohesive nation. Zulu women are accustomed to being topless when they are single and virginal but that’s more of a traditional view. Nowadays the clothing varies with different colours having different meanings but regardless they sure make colour blocking look good.
Next we have Shani who hails from Swaziland and is in traditional Swathi wear. The attire she wears is common for single women and of course the dress bares the face of the one and only King Mswathi.
Lastly we have my three Nigerian brothers wearing what is typical of Nigerian men and their clothing is always comfortable and casual and somewhat conservative. Trousers and short or long-sleeved shirts are part of everyday life.
Clearly South Africa’s cultural diversity keeps growing day by day and it’s only a matter of time before I add Zulu, Swathi and Nigerian to my large list of ‘africanism’. Since I can’t exactly celebrate what I don’t know, I’ll do what the rest of the culturally ignorant are doing today… Let’s have a braii ya’ll (NO RED MEAT AND ALCOHOL ACCEPTED)