Mandela Day 2019: Date, History and Significance of Marking Nelson Mandela's Birth Anniversary
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Mandela Day which is also known as Nelson Mandela International Day is held every year on July 18. The day marks the birthday of Nelson Mandela,  the South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, political leader, and a great philanthropist. Mandela Day is marked to honour his achievements in the resolution of conflicts regarding democracy, human rights, peace, and reconciliation. Nelson Mandela was born on July 18, 1918 and thus this day is marked by the UN as a call to action for doing something revolutionary and change the world for the better. Let us know more about Mandela Day 2019. Mandela Day 2019: 10 Inspiring Quotes From Nelson Mandela, The Anti-Apartheid Revolutionary And South Africa's First Black President.

History and Significance of Mandela Day

The celebrations of Mandela Day was officially declared by the United Nations in November 2009 and the first celebrations were followed in the year 2010. But in the year 2009 itself, the Nelson Mandela Foundation invited the global community to join in support of these celebrations. It is not a public holiday, but a day to honour the legacy of the great leader that Mandela was. He addressed racial issues and supported the reconciliation of the oppressed.

Nelson Mandela played an instrumental role in the anti-apartheid movement. He served as the  President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. A great humanitarian he dedicated his life to community service and volunteering. Mandela Day also encourages similar action from the people to do something towards bringing a positive change in the world. The campaign message of Mandela Day reads, "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.

There are several events organised around the world which looks forward to more volunteer participation. The events aren't restricted to a certain field but there is a range of activities from sport, art, education, music and culture. Some events also highlight Mandela's work for the people and hope to inspire others by his achievements.