Because we are part of the bigger picture. We all have a story, We all have a family tree of some sort. We are who we are, in part, as a result of our families, our family's journey and the heritage that shaped our people or upbringing. It's important to embrace the 'stories',and colorful traditions that give your region it's personality.Though cultures differ in many ways, there are a great many similarities as well.When we learn about and celebrate our Heritage, it honors the ancestors who have walked the path before us. It gives others an opportunity to learn about a culture different from their own. It keeps alive the beautiful arts,crafts,recipes, music,dance folk tales,language and traditions that might otherwise fade away if they aren't passed on to future generations. Celebrate your Heritage, as it provides a context against which your own personal story can be developed. It makes a very big world not quite so large when we connect across generations & cultures in our Heritage.