Nelson Mandela International Day - July 18
Tue, Jul 18, 2023

Nelson Mandela International Day

International Nelson Mandela Day is dedicated to a man who devoted his whole life to the struggle for the freedom of his people and social justice. Nelson Mandela is an amazing man who became a lawyer and later President of South Africa. The holiday was established by the UN on Mandela’s birthday.

The History

Nelson Mandela was born on July 18, 1918. As a child, instead of fairy tales, the boy listened to poignant stories about his ancestors who heroically fought for freedom. The twelve-year-old Nelson decided to devote his life to this struggle. The young Mandela failed to get a higher education on his first try – he was expelled for participating in student protests. He also did not want to stay at home, because the king threatened he would find a bride for him if he did not continue his studies. He fled to Johannesburg, where he received his higher education, and got a job as a mine guard.

In the middle of the last century, Nelson Mandela joined the African National Congress, led peaceful protests and violent conflicts against the ruling regime in South Africa. For his active civil and political position, the politician spent 30 years in jail. After his release, he achieved the eradication of apartheid.

Trust and respect for Nelson Mandela at home was so great that he was elected president. The first Nelson Mandela International Day was celebrated in 2009.

Interesting Facts

  • Nelson Mandela was South Africa’s first black president and lawyer.
  • For his active participation in the destruction of apartheid, Nelson Mandela was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
  • His given name, Rolihlahla, means trouble-maker. The teachers at school called him Nelson.
  • As president, Nelson Mandela introduced free medical care for children under 6, compulsory education for all children in South Africa, and implemented the National Medicines Policy.

How to take part

Nelson Mandela International Day is a great opportunity to learn more about this wonderful person. If you feel strong enough, follow his example: be active, volunteer, and help those who need it. Numerous films about his life will inspire you. There are also many exhibitions and seminars held on his birthday – visit them.

When is Nelson Mandela International Day celebrated in 2023?

Nelson Mandela International Day is observed on July 18 each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Tuesday July 18 2023
Thursday July 18 2024
Friday July 18 2025
Saturday July 18 2026

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