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South Africa is a country that is known for its ethnic and cultural diversity. Made up of nine provinces, South African citizens come from all over the world. Aptly known as the Rainbow Nation, we have eleven official languages, though many foreign languages are spoken here as well.

Our cultural diversity is expressed in various ways, but I have to say, the food is my favorite. There are some restaurants that specialize in traditional South African dishes, some who has a more modern version of South African cuisine, and, of course, the various cultural restaurants all over South Africa. Also, you can’t talk about South African food without mentioning the braai. There’s even a public holiday dedicated to a braai. National Braai Day, also known as Heritage Day, is a public holiday whereby all South Africans are encouraged to celebrate their culture, the many other cultures across South Africa, and the diversity of their traditions. The braai, not to be confused with the Americans barbeque, (there is a difference), is a common practice among all races, regions and religions in our country.

Fashion, art, food, sports, and music, these are all things that are important to us. It teaches us about where we came from, where we are today, and perhaps, where we’ll be tomorrow. There is history in everything, from the art that tells us the story of yesterday, to the food we were taught to make from our parents and grandparents. The music, having always had a strong presence in South African culture, was used to give people hope during apartheid. Today, our younger generation uses it to express themselves.

In South Africa, we all do things in differently. We pray differently, we have different values, different opinions on different subjects. Still, at the end of the day, we are living our lives, loving our loved ones, and being the best we can be. We are proudly South African.