How did National Braai Day come about?
Whether you call it a braai, BBQ or Shisa Nyama, all South Africans love a good Braai. And for those of us that are fortunate enough to live in Durban with it’s beautiful weather, we can braai 365 days a year!!
The National Braai Day initiative this year aims to position National Heritage Day as South Africa’s annual day of celebration by getting 50 million people to unite around a fire – Join the Revolution.
Jan Braai (real name Jan Scannell) is the man behind the National Braai Day initiative founded the concept in 2005 to unite South Africans around a fire.
The Mission is to create an annual day of celebration in South Africa where all the citizens of our country are gathered around braai fires with family and friends.
National Braai Day has also received an award for South Africa’s fastest growing and most successful nation building initiative.
Here are some other interesting facts around National Braai Day:
• National Heritage Day is a public holiday in South Africa. Our government set this day aside for all South Africans to celebrate our rich heritage.
• Across race, language, region and religion, we all share one common heritage. It is called many things: Chisa Nyama, Braai and Ukosa to name few. Although the ingredients may differ, the one thing that never changes is that when we have something to celebrate we light fires, and prepare great feasts.
• We encourage all South Africans to unite around fires, share our heritage and wave our flag on 24 September every year.
• We liken this initiative to annual celebrations cherished by other leading nations of the world; Thanksgiving for Americans, St Patricks Day for the Irish, Bastille Day for the French and Australia Day for Australians.
• This is a noble cause, which will contribute to strengthening South Africa as a nation through this act of nation building and social cohesion.
You can get more information about National Braai Day on their official website www.braai.com. We call on all South Africans to unite around fires, share our heritage and wave our flag tomorrow, 24 September as we celebrate our bond and love for each other.