JOHANNESBURG - Nelson Mandela said South Africa's "rich and varied cultural heritage has a profound power to help build our nation."
Heritage Day celebrates this very thing.
24 September, previously known as Shaka Day, was a commemoration to the legacy of the Zulu king.
In 1995, the new democratic government changed the name to Heritage Day.
Many use the day to take to the streets to remember their cultural heritage.
Festivities celebrated the idea of non-racialism.
Of course, heritage is linked very closely to food.
So much so that the day has also become informally known as "Braai Day" and, everyone gets a piece.
This year's Heritage Month is being commemorated under the theme, "Celebrating South Africa's literary classics in the year of indigenous languages".