No matter what your personal or ancestral heritage is, there are a couple things that are a part of every Overberger’s heritage.
Celebrations, festivals, fairs and fetes
There is always something happening in the Overberg. We have festivals celebrating whales, flowers, Spring, trees and even Sweet Potatoes.
School fairs, church bazaars and sports events are an integral part of village life. Events are always authentic and fun; from the Tannies making endless pancakes in the same pan their Ouma used 100 years ago, to the heavenly locally made wines, scrumptious food, the music, the spirit and the good old country hospitality.
The great outdoors
No words can adequately describe the wondrous natural heritage that surrounds us. We live on coastlines, valleys and the folds of the rûens of the cape fold belt surrounded by mountains and 2 oceans. We have nature reserves; world heritage forests; thousands of species of Fynbos; marine reserves that teem with whales, sharks, birds and marine life; rolling farmlands and abundant vineyards right on our doorstep!
Whether we like it or not Braais are actually an excellent symbol of South African culture and heritage, no matter what your race, religion or personal heritage. Humans have been gathering around fires to cook and enjoy each others company since the beginning of time.
Heritage Day is a day to celebrate our personal culture and that of others. It is also intended to be a day where we celebrate the unity in our diversity, the heritage that is common to all South Africans. (Remember this used to be Shaka Day, commemorating how King Shaka managed to unify the warring Zulu tribes.)
So get out there and enjoy one of the many Heritage day events in the Overberg, take a road trip and immerse yourself in nature, or gather some friends and have a bountiful Braai.
Whatever you do, be proudly South African! 🙂