What is Nelson Mandela International Day?
Nelson Mandela International Day or simply Mandela Day is celebrated every year throughout the world on 18th July, Mandela’s birthday. But in South Africa people celebrate Nelson Mandela’s life for the whole Month of July.
The day remembers Mandela’s achievements for social justice, peace, democracy, reconciliation and human rights. He worked for the humanity for 67 years.
Nelson Mandela International Day is a global call to action that celebrates the idea that each individual have power to transform the world. This day also remembers, raises awareness and expands Nelson Mandela’s values of fighting injustice, practicing reconciliation and helping the needy people.
Nelson Mandela was born in Transkei, South Africa on 18th July 1918. He was anti-apartheid activist in South Africa. He remained imprisoned for 27 years mostly for leading the liberation movements against apartheid and for freedom fighting.
Nelson Mandela became the South African first democratically elected president in 1994. He remained the president of South Africa till 1999.
While officially retired, he used to raise his voice on many issues like racism, humanitarian issues, and also campaigns globally for peace, children and fight against HIV and AIDS.
Nelson Mandela International Day Goals 2019-2029
- Education and Literacy
All children in early childhood development to have access to learning resources for development. And all children have a basic right to get quality education.
- Food and Nutrition
Reduce hunger, eliminate malnutrition and provide nutritious food to the families.
Provide safe shelters to the families to live in and to eliminate homelessness.
Ensure the access of safe sanitation in all communities and in all schools.
- Active Citizenship
Start more projects which are helpful in eradicating poverty. And to increase the resources used to the provision of Early Childhood Development in disadvantaged communities.
Nelson Mandela International Day is not a public holiday but a global observance day.
What do people do on this Day?
Mandela Day is observed annually thus it is a global event. People take park in different activities to promote this day. Such as music, culture, art and volunteering.
Various events are also held around the globe to pay tribute and to honor Nelson Mandela’s work. The day also hopes to inspire the people by sharing Nelson Mandela’s values of democracy, fight for social justice, respect and reconciliation.
As mandala remain imprisoned for 27 years, this day also celebrates a campaign called “46664” which was Nelson Mandela’s Robben Island prison number. This campaign was launched by Mandela to create awareness of HIV.
A number of symbols are associated with Nelson Mandela to honor his work and to pay tribute to him. For example, a bridge, known as the Nelson Mandela Bridge and a statue in Mandela image both are placed at Johannesburg, South Africa.
Images of Nelson Mandela are also displayed on postal stamps and currency notes in South Africa to honor his work.
And a number of musical tributes, speeches and dramas are telecasted or played to pay tribute to him and his work.