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Government policies on apartheid (separate development of races) were supported by Afrikaner religious doctrines.The Dutch and French who settled in the Cape were committed Calvinists or Reformed Protestants.In addition, individuality and independence were intensified by a pioneering existence.

Language, Culture and Beliefs Afrikaner religion stems from the Protestant practices of the 17th century Reformed Church of Holland.

Other religious influences in South Africa came from British English-speaking ministers in the early 1800s, and the Swiss reformer John Calvin (1509–1564) who was brought to South Africa by French settlers.

Cities and towns usually celebrate their own centenaries with local festivities.

In addition, some organizations arrange festivals on a smaller scale to commemorate certain events.

Festivals are part of the Afrikaner's existence and fill a need to express joy or humility over certain events.