On Friday the 22nd of September 2017, students from Meridian Cosmo City came out in their traditional attire to celebrate Heritage Day. This day was also celebrating Mandela Day for Meridian. The festivities took place at their school hall, the whole school was involved, grade R to 7 in the morning and 8 to 12 from 11am until 2pm.
Heritage Day is a day in the South African calendar where being different is celebrated instead of misunderstood. It is a day where people show off where they come from through their traditional clothing, and one where people do not mind talking about the things that make their culture unique and beautiful to them.
‘’ These 2 days are significant in the history of our country. Looking at Heritage Day, it is very important to remind ourselves about our culture, about our diversity and for us to always remember that in our diversity we must find unity.’’ Said Mr Vusi Masuku, Executive Head of Meridian Cosmo City.
Mandela Day is a day where South African hearts are open to giving and doing more through their resources, to help the less fortunate by remembering the sacrifice made by the late Nelson Mandela for the liberation of this country. It was celebrated on the 18th of July, which is Nelson Mandela’s birthday.
In celebration of this spirit of ubuntu the students of Meridian came together and collected nonperishable food items. They then packaged them into food parcels and selected from the elderly people of Cosmo City, 18 fortunate grandparents were given these parcels. .
‘’ These days are an opportunity for us to remember how privileged we are and that there are people out there who are not as privileged and for us to lend a helping hand whenever possible so that people do not feel forgotten.’’ He explained
Celebrating who you are and where you come from is what heritage day is all about, it unifies all 11 official South African languages through culture are celebrated it is an opportunity to learn about different cultural norms.
‘’ Our children respond very well to days like these and parents do very well in educating our children about their cultures, they are very proud and excited about today’s festivities. Parents have done an amazing job in instilling the importance of knowing who you are. Just as the colours of the rainbow sit neatly next to each other, we can also unify as people.’’ He concluded.