Which region of South Africa was named after being sighted on Christmas day?
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The coast of KwaZulu Natal (KZN) was first sighted by the Portuguese discoverer Vasco da Gama on Christmas Day 1497 during the journey which took him to India. As Christmas is translated in Portuguese as 'Natal' this gave the original name to the region. The first part of this Province's name 'KwaZulu' meaning the place of the Zulu has been added more recently, and it was decided to keep both names together as the name for the Province of KwaZulu Natal.