Nelson Mandela International Day (or Mandela Day) is an annual international day in honour of Nelson Mandela, celebrated each year on 18 July, Mandela’s birthday. The day was officially declared by the United Nations in November 2009, with the first UN Mandela Day held on 18 July 2010. However, other groups began celebrating Mandela Day on 18 July 2009.
On 27 April 2009, the 46664 concerts and the Nelson Mandela Foundation invited the global community to join them in support of an official Mandela Day. Mandela Day is not meant as a public holiday, but as a day to honour the legacy of Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s former President, and his values, through volunteering and community service.
Mandela Day is a global call to action that celebrates the idea that each individual has the power to transform the world, the ability to make an impact.
The Mandela Day campaign message is:
“Nelson Mandela has fought for social justice for 67 years. We’re asking you to start with 67 minutes.”
“We would be honoured if such a day can serve to bring together people around the world to fight poverty and promote peace, reconciliation and cultural diversity,” according to a statement issued on Mandela’s behalf.
Nelson Mandela Images & Quotes
“It is easy to break down and destroy. The heroes are those who make peace and build.” – Nelson Mandela
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” – Nelson Mandela
“Lead From the back and let others believe they are in front.” – Nelson Mandela
“I am the captain of my Soul.” – Nelson Mandela
“A Winner is Dreamer Who never gives up.” – Nelson Mandela
“Where you stand depends on where you sit.” – Nelson Mandela
“Appearances matter – and remember to smile.” – Nelson Mandela
“May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.” – Nelson Mandela
“A nation should not be judged by how it treats it’s highest citizens, But it’s lowest one.” – Nelson Mandela
“It always seems impossible until it’s done.” – Nelson Mandela
“Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.” – Nelson Mandela