NATIONAL DAY OF RECONCILIATION

16 December

The Diplomatic Informer Magazine SA would like to wish the people of South Africa a Happy Day of Reconciliation

South Africa annually observes 16 December as National Day of Reconciliation to foster reconciliation among all race groups and to promote national unity for a shared future for all.

The Day of Reconciliation was created to mark the end of apartheid. The day, therefore, has been in existence since 1995. South Africa’s first non-racial and democratic government was tasked with promoting reconciliation and national unity. One way in which it aimed to do this symbolically was to acknowledge the significance of the 16 December in both the Afrikaner and liberation struggle traditions and to rename this day as the Day of Reconciliation. On 16 December 1995, the Day of Reconciliation was celebrated as a public holiday in South Africa for the first time.

There is no denying that this is one of the most significant and important dates in history. It is a day whereby we remember the past history of the country. While the date is an important one in South African history, it is also a day that is honored all around the world. After all, we can all appreciate the importance of building bridges and working on healing.

It is a sad fact that there are a lot of ethnic groups that feel underappreciate and discriminated against all around the world. On Day of Reconciliation, the best thing that we can do is work on healing any damage and moving forward so that we can reach a date whereby we’re not talking about color.

The Diplomatic Informer
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