People learn and are influenced by the place, people, and culture around them. Culture is not something one is born with, but you learn it from family, school, religious teachings, television and media and the government of a country.

South Africa is called the rainbow nation because it is made up of so many diverse cultures. Cultural practices are how we talk and behave, the ways in which we pray, the special things we do when we have festivals, births and deaths. In South Africa we have groups with different languages, religions, race, customs and traditions e.g. Zulu, Ndebele, Khoisan, Hindu, Muslim and Afrikaner people. All of these people are united by being South African and all of their ways of life form part of our country’s identity and culture. It is important to promote and be proud of our South African culture and identity. This helps South Africans to understand and respect each other and to learn from each other’s cultural practices. This is part of the healing that democracy has brought after culture was used to divide South Africans in the past. For this reason that's why we as South Africans celebrat a holiday called heritage day.

Over the weekend we participated in a heritage day celebration held in Tembisa, we can't help be share the beautiful traditional outfits the sisters where wearing as part of their celebration of who they are and where they come from. For a more in-depth look at the history of South African culture visit SAHistory