Heritage is the full range of our inherited traditions, monuments, objects, and culture. Most important, it is the range of contemporary activities, meanings, and behaviors that we draw from them.
Heritage includes, but is much more than preserving, excavating, displaying, or restoring a collection of old things. It is both tangible and intangible, in the sense that ideas and memories–of songs, recipes, language, dances, and many other elements of who we are and how we identify ourselves–are as important as historical buildings and archaeological sites.
Well, if you look back at where your great great grandparents came from you would understand the heritage of your family. It is the customs, traditions, and ways that people believe and is handed down from generation to generation.
Heritage is about identity – the past contributes to our sense of who we are today and is an important factor in determining our future aspirations. Heritage can help us to experience a little of others’ lives. Our shared heritage can help us understand the richness and complexity of our identity.