National Braai Day is an annual celebration that takes place on the 24th of September. This commemoration shares it’s anniversary with another pinnacle holiday, known as Heritage Day. National Braai Day is about creating an annual day of happiness in South Africa. All the citizens of our country are invited to gather around braai fires with family and friends on this day. There’s nothing more satisfying than slapping a thick slab of meat onto a red-hot grill. No other cooking method comes close – that sizzling sound, that instant whiff of charred juices, that perfumed smoke rising up to wet your appetite. Sometimes there is definitely more to braaing than meets the eye. You are what you braai – how a man behaves in front of a fire speaks to his character, to his work ethic and his relationship with other men.
In 2009 Die Heuwels Fantasties, JR, HHP and the Soweto Gospel Choir recorded Our Heritage, a song especially for National Braai Day. The song became an instant hit overnight. Our Heritage received extensive airplay on South African Radio stations. The artists also released a music video for this song in the same year.
The music video has been updated for this year’s National Braai Day 2011 celebrations. The video contains various scenes of South Africans and Braai Celebrity, Jan Braai engaging in one of South Africa’s favourite past times.
If this music video does not make you want to braai tonight, you might not be South African!
For those of you who did not know, Die Heuwels Fantasties are currently acting as cultural ambassadors for South Africa in New Zealand during the 2011 IRB Rugby World Cup.
National Heritage Day is a public holiday in South Africa. The SA government set this day aside for all South Africans to celebrate their rich heritage. Across racial, language, region and religion barriers all South Africans share one common heritage: It’s called ‘Chisa Nyama’, ‘Braai’ and ‘Ukosa’ (to name just a few). The ingredients may differ, but the one thing that never changes is that when South Africans have something to celebrate they light fires and prepare great feasts. This annual South African initiative is likened to annual celebrations cherished by other countries in the world: Thanksgiving for Americans, St Patricks Day for the Irish, Bastille Day for the French and Australia Day for Australians.
So, get your braai on with your family and friends on the 24th of September this year and party it up for National Braai Day!
For more information about National Braai day visit http://braai.com
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