Mzansi Celebs Celebrate Heritage Day

These celebs are celebrating their roots

By  | Sep 24, 2020, 04:04 PM  | Busiswa Gqulu  | Top of The

Today (September 24) Mzansi celebrates Heritage Day and the countries personalities have taken to social media to share outfits of themselves or their families dressed in their cultural attires.

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South Africa is diverse when it comes to cultures and its citizens are never shy to show off their roots on social media and off. 

TV personality Minnie Dlamini Jones recently announced that she was expecting her first child with her husband Quinton Jones. 

Minnie for her maternity shot paid tribute to her African roots with a mermaid, boob-tube dress by designer Asanda Madyibi, who also designed her traditional wedding dress. 

In her post, Minnie explained the inspiration behind her pregnancy reveal, which she revealed was an attempt to pay respect to her culture. 

Minnie explained that she did prior to the shoot she did some research about how Zulu pregnant woman looked like back in the day. 

"Our culture is so rich with amazing clothing, patterns, colors and designs, all of which have symbolic meaning. For example the hat a woman wears symbolizes that she is a married woman. The clothes she wears symbolizes whether she is a girl, a woman, a wife, or a mother to be. The patterns on a maternity apron determine many things, among which is the sex of the baby," wrote Minnie.
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I had so many ideas of how I wanted to reveal my pregnancy and as usual I was looking for something that hadn't be done before. In the attempt to pay respect to my culture, I did some research on how a Zulu pregnant woman looked like back in the day. Our culture is so rich with amazing clothing, patterns, colors and designs, all of which have symbolic meaning. For example the hat a woman wears symbolizes that she is a married woman. The clothes she wears symbolizes whether she is a girl, a woman, a wife, or a mother to be. The patterns on a maternity apron determine many things, among which is the sex of the baby πŸ˜‰ In this image shot in my backyard, to represent where my child will be raised, I'm dressed in a bespoke Zulu pregnancy apron called "Ingcayi" hand made and beaded by @asandamadyibi Historically the hide would have been a gift from my father in law from a hunt. The beadwork and design would have been handmade & gifted to me by mother in law with messeges and symbols of the family liniage almost like the western family crest. I'm so proud to show off my culture in a time where so much creativity and evolution has made us look at the art instead of the rich cultural meanings behind the items we fashionably wear today. I am and always will be a proud Zulu woman. #HappyHeritageDay #Zulu #ShakasDay #Culture πŸ‡ΏπŸ‡¦

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Singer Busiswa for Heritage Day dressed in Xhosa attire and paid tribute to her culture. 
Rapper Riky Rick posted his children dressed in children in traditional Zulu and Ndebele outfits. 

"Ndaa!! Happy Heritage Day Mzansi πŸ‡ΏπŸ‡¦ Celebratani Kamnandi nihloniphe umthetho womgwaqo. Ngiyanicela Bafethu, hambani ngomthandazo πŸ™πŸΎ Danko Jesu, Ndo Livhuwa," wrote the rapper.
DJ Zinhle posted her daughter Kairo also dressed in her traditional attire and shared a cute video of Kairo attempting to giya (traditional Zulu dancing). 

β€œHappy Heritage Day! Nibe nosuku oluhle.. Nangu no @kairo.forbes uyagiya la...” captioned Zinhle the caption of her daughter.
Traditional outfits are trending all over social media and videos of South Africans partaking in the Jerusalema dance challenge as requested by President Cyril Ramaphosa. 

The president had encouraged South Africans to partake in the dance challenge that has gone global all thanks to Master KG and Nomcebo’s hit song Jerusalema. 

The song has become a global sensation even sparking a phenomenal global dance frenzy with many people across the globe participating on the #JerusalemaChallenge by sharing beautiful videos of them dancing to the song. 
  
Image credit:  @EmmyPhotograph3

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