By Andreas Thomas
Windhoek – The Heritage Week is an opportunity for Namibians to showcase their heritage. The yearly event seeks to encourage the citizens to celebrate and commit to protecting the nation’s natural and cultural heritage.
This year, the Heritage Week will be observed between 17 and 23 September across all the 14 regions of Namibia. It is being held under the theme: ‘Turuganeni Kumwe’, which means “Let’s work together” in Rukwangali.
It encourages Namibians to keep their culture alive and to pass on inherited traditions and knowledge to their descendants. Heritage gives the people pride in their identity. The week encourages people to experience the beauty of their cultural diversity or to visit a different part of the country to experience the country’s natural wonders.
Initially, the Heritage Week was organised by the Museum Association of Namibia and other stakeholders like the National Arts Gallery of Namibia, National Archives of Namibia, City of Windhoek, Directorate of Heritage and Culture Programmes, University of Namibia, Hospitality Association of Namibia, National Heritage Council of Namibia (NHC) later joined the initiative to make it an annual national event.
The aim is to dedicate a week to Namibian heritage each year, which includes participation from government, organisations and individuals from all 14 regions of the country so that the week can successfully become an annual and national event.
During the observance of the national heritage, Namibians are encouraged to get involved in celebrating and learning about the country’s rich and diverse heritage.
Members of the public will put on traditional attire that reflects their cultural identities, visit national heritage sites, and restaurants to serve special menus that include traditional cuisines. The public including schools will further take part in activities and exhibitions, including film screening, walking tours, storytelling as well as traditional skills demonstrations.
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