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Friday, December 16, 2011

Day of Reconciliation

Today is a public holiday in South Africa called the Day of Reconciliation. Two historical events took place on this date. The first was The Day of the Vow, where the Voortrekkers vowed to God that the day would be celebrated in thanksgiving if they were victorious in their battle against the Zulus. The second event was when the military wing of the African National Convention was formed to fight against apartheid.

After the fall of apartheid, the first democratic government, tasked with promoting reconciliation and national unity, acknowledged the significance of December 16th in both the Afrikaner (the Voortrekkers) and liberation struggles. Day of Reconciliation was first celebrated as a national holiday in 1995.


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