Why do you celebrate Mandela Day?

18 July, which is Nelson Mandela’s birthday, was declared by the United Nations General Assembly-[UNGA][links is external] as Nelson Mandela International Day in 2010.  The celebration of this international day recognizes and gives credence to the former President’s commitment to human rights, conflict resolution, and reconciliation.

It is an annual celebration of Nelson Mandela’s life and a global call to action for people to recognize their individual power to make an imprint and change the world around them.

A global movement for positive change begins with small actions. As each person acts, they fuel momentum toward positive change, raising awareness and expanding the reach of Mr. Mandela’s values – fighting injustice, helping people in need, and practicing reconciliation.

President Jacob Zuma this year marks Nelson Mandela Day by officially handing over houses to the community of Danville Pretoria West on 18 July.

Other events include schools all over South Africa uniting in song to wish Mr. Mandela a happy birthday at 08:00. Government has organized a number of events for Mandela Day, and public servants devoted at least 67 minutes of their time to make South Africa a better place.

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