Nelson Mandela Day

Nelson Mandela Day

Nelson Mandela International Day or Mandela Day is an annual international day in honour of global icon Nelson Mandela

Mandela Day is celebrated each year on 18 July, Mandela's birthday. Nelson Mandela was the former President of South Africa and anti-apartheid activist. 

The Nelson Mandela International Day is celebrated every year on 18th July. It is a way to recognize the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela and to honour his contributions to the culture of peace and freedom.

National Museum, South African High Commission and Vivekananda International Foundation  organise exhibition  “India’s Historical Journey with Africa: Marching Ahead Together”

This year, the Vivekananda International Foundation, in partnership with National Museum and South African High Commission commemorated the birth anniversary of Nelson Mandela with a special exhibition. 

The main objectives of the present exhibition is to commemorate Mandela Day in honour of Mandela’s values and for his commitment to the service of humanity and to create awareness of the India-Africa connection, from past to present. 

The exhibition also enables the exploration of different facets of India-Africa diplomacy and people-to-people connection and promote and strengthen this historical bonding and generate interest among the common public to learn more about India and Africa.

The exhibition would remain on view until 30th July 2023 from 10 am – 6.00 pm. National Museum remains closed on Mondays and National Holidays.

Nelson Mandela International Day 2023 Theme: 
The theme of International Nelson Mandela Day for the year 2023 is: “The Legacy Lives on Through You: Climate, Food and Solidarity”. This theme is a call to action to take steps to address climate change and food insecurity and to show solidarity with those who are most affected by these issues.
The theme for Nelson Mandela Day for 2023 is: 'It's in your hands", and is aiming to raise awareness of how food is impacted by climate change and calling on people taking part to plant trees and food in their communities.

Nelson Mandela

  • Nelson Mandela has gone down in history as one of the most famous world leaders ever.  
  • White people, who were a small proportion of the population in South Africa, were in charge of everything in South Africa. White and black people in South Africa were not allowed to do things together and had to live separate lives under a system called apartheid.
  • Nelson Mandela wanted South African apartheid to end and protested against it.
  • Apartheid in South Africa ended a year later in 1991,
  • In 1993, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize .
  • Nelson Mandela became the first black president of South Africa in the country's first democratic elections in 1994,

Mandela is remembered by many for promoting a message of forgiveness and equality.

Key Takeaways

  • Tuesday 18 July is Nelson Mandela Day
  • The day recognizes the South African leader's historic achievements on the anniversary of the global icon’s birth. 
  • Created in 2009 by the United Nations, the day is a celebration of the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela. 
  • In 2014, the UN General Assembly established the Nelson Mandela Prize, a quinquennial award recognising the achievements of those who dedicated their lives to the service of humanity