Nelson Mandela International Day, also known as Mandela Day. It is celebrated every year on July 18 to honor the birth anniversary of the former South African president. This day is a chance for everyone to continue their dedication to the importance that inspired Mandela.
Nelson Mandela International Day History
The first Nelson Mandela International Day was observed on July 18, 2010, after the United Nations in November 2009 officially declared Nelson Mandela International Day. Initially, this day was Mandela’s idea to mark his birthday as Mandela Day. On his 90th birthday, Nelson Mandela said, “It is time for new hands to lift the burdens. It is in your hands now.” However, few groups started observing this day on July 18, 2009.
In 2014, the UN General Assembly presented Nelson Mandela an award realizing the accomplishments of those who dedicate their lives to the service of society.
Nelson Mandela International Day Significance
Nelson Mandela International Day is indicated to keep the great legacy of Mandela and his importance through social services and volunteering. This day also marks a campaign known as ‘46664’, his Robben Island prison number, which was launched to develop awareness about HIV and AIDS.
On this day, individuals are predicted to awareness of the deep problems occurring around the world and warn those who act on the stability, security, and well-being of countries.
How is Nelson Mandela International Day celebrated?
Mandela delivers service to others and wants to make a great world for everyone. So, on this day if people encounter injustice in the neighborhood or state they do everything to help the situation. Work in marched with protesters, volunteered in local communities, and work to assist bring about civil rights for everyone. Encourage change, and create every day a festival of Mandela Day. People perform for others and desire to enhance the lives of people around them. They do this by taking part in protests.
This day delivers a global call for people to realize their power and have a positive impact on others around them. People also encourage others about the values that Nelson Mandela shared like freedom, reconciliation, diversity, and care. To promote Nelson Mandela Day, multiple people and communities around the world take part in several movements. These actions are volunteering, education, sport, music, art, and culture. This day also marks a campaign known as “46664”, about Nelson Mandela’s Robben Island jail number. The movement was launched to increase understanding of HIV/AIDS. In 1995 and 1999 Kids’ Fund and the Nelson Mandela Foundation were appointed.
What is a Theme of Nelson Mandela International Day 2022
Nelson Mandela International Day theme is “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are,”
This day is marked by communities that work against violence against females, genocide, and offenses and who come jointly to inform people about these problems.
Who is Nelson Mandela?
Nelson Mandela was born in Transkei, South Africa on 18 July 1918. And mother was Nonqaphi Nosekeni and father name is Nkosi Mphakanyiswa Gadla Mandela. When his dad died he was presented by Jongintaba, the regent of the Tembu. There he always attended to the reports about the courage of the predecessors who worked for freedom. For his B. With a degree, he moved to the University College of Fort Hare. But, he didn’t acquire his degree due to the objection of students that he had entered. As a result, he was discharged from the college. Then, he moved back to the Great Place at Mqhekezweni where the king endangered him that if he will not finish his degree, he will going to organize a marriage for him.
He had finished his graduation from the University of South Africa and obtained his B.A degree.
Even the Robben Island prisoners were never guided by their words but by their numbers. Mandela’s number was 46664. In 1990, he was discharged from imprisonment. In 1994, due to his struggles, he was selected as the president of South Africa. He became the first black president of South Africa.
In 1993, he won the Nobel Peace Prize, with another former South African president Frederic Willem de Klerk. He died in 2013.