THOUSANDS of people from different race and ethnic groups yesterday gathered at Pietermaritzburg's Woodburn Stadium to showcase their attire, cuisine and culture.
It was a heritage celebration with a difference and the message was unity and peace.
The day started with a flashy multicultural parade, stretching over five kilometres, led by Premier Zweli Mkhize, the provincial executive committee and Chief Mangosuthu Buthelezi.
The celebration started with prayers by different religions, whose leaders prayed for peace and unity in the province.
Addressing the masses who had braved the heat, Mkhize said KwaZulu-Natal was one of the most beautiful and hospitable places in the country and "the door to the global community".
He said people in the province had realised that their collective dreams could be achieved through mutual respect.
He urged people to extend a hand to help those from disadvantaged communities to access resources.
The crowds at the event tasted traditional food from different nations around the world.
Mkhize and Buthelezi led the food tasting queue.