Celebrating International Nelson Mandela Day

Each year on 18 July, the world comes together to celebrate International Nelson Mandela Day. And this year marks his 106th birthday. He raised his voice against equality and fundamental freedom for all men and women and devoted his life to serving humanity. He was a great statesman and had absolute determination to fight for peace in South Africa. This day reminds us of the legacy left by a man who dedicated his life to fighting for equality, justice, and peace. Being a citizen it’s everyone’s responsibility to change the world for the better. Take advantage of Mandela’s Day to take action and change the world.

History of Nelson Mandela Day

Nelson Mandela, affectionately known as Madiba was born into the Thembu royal family in South Africa on July 18, 1918. International Nelson Mandela Day is observed to celebrate his birth anniversary. Despite being born into a royal family, young Nelson witnessed racism and discrimination and decided to fight against it. Inspired by the ideals of equality and freedom, he joined the African National Congress in 1944, a political party dedicated to destroying inequality. He was imprisoned for 27 years for his fight but it didn’t break his commitment. Regardless of facing several challenges, he became a symbol of hope not only for South Africa but for the entire world. In 1994 he became the first black president of free South Africa who was elected democratically, which was not easy at all. Initially, when he was young black and white people were treated differently in South Africa. Black people were not allowed to do things that were allowed for white people. They had separate lives and no equality at all. Despite the high population, white people were in charge of almost everything in South Africa.    


In 2009 the United Nations decided to acknowledge International Nelson Mandela Day. Since then, this day has been celebrated to appreciate Nelson Mandela’s efforts to promote freedom, peace, and equality. His consistent commitment to social justice earned him the support and admiration of people from around the world.


The aim was to build a “Rainbow Nation: where all races could live together in peace and equality”. This day inspired countless individuals and nations to fight for a more equitable world as Mandela did throughout his life. Mandela taught us the power of justice over inequality and dignity over humiliation.

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