“MY HERTAGE, MY PRIDE”
By: Sinenjabulo Sithole
In the past , the 24th of September was known as ‘Shaka’s Day,’ later on changed to, ‘Heritage Day.’
Shaka was the legendary Zulu King who played an important role in uniting the Zulu clans. Each year people gather at King Shaka’s grave in Stanger to honor this day.
Indoni Carnival is one of many organizations that aim to teach people what Heritage Day is all about and why it was celebrated as Shaka’s Day in the past.
The Indoni carnival is a movement that brings young people from different cultures together with the aim of teaching them the importance of knowing their culture. Over 1200 young people all over the country participate in Indoni.
Indoni celebrated this year’s Heritage Day in style by bringing different indigenous cultures around South Africa together to participate in a fun walk in Durban. The aim was to show people the importance of this public holiday and to celebrate it with respect as people used to do when it was still called, ‘Shaka’s Day’.
Deputy Chairperson of Indoni, Vusi Buthelezi, explains the importance of being proud of who we are through respecting our culture and customs: “Indoni is the movement that motivates people to be proud of who they are. Our main aim of engaging in this movement is to bring back pride to people,” said Buthelezi.
The main objective of Indoni is to rejuvenate the passion and pride for our African culture and heritage, reviving the spirit of Ubuntu amongst fellow Africans.