It’s hard to believe that it has been seven months since the iconic Nelson Mandela died. On July 18, the whole world celebrated all of Nelson’s accomplishments on the iconic Nelson Mandela Day.
Nelson Mandela, late president of South Africa, Nobel Peace Prize beneficiary and world leader would have been 96-years-old on July 18. His birthday also serves as Nelson Mandela Day. Nelson died at the age of 95 on December 5, 2013. This is the first time since his death that this day of honor has been celebrated. Although it is a sorrowful day, people from all around the world are joining together to commemorate and honor the great Nelson Mandela.
Nelson Mandela Day: World Celebrates Leader 7 Months After His Death
In November 2009, the UN General Assembly proclaimed July 18 Nelson Mandela International Day, in honor of Nelson’s outstanding hard work and efforts for peace and liberty throughout his life.
This is the first time since Nelson’s death that the world celebrates his special day.
Every year since this proclamation, the UN “joins a call” by the Nelson Mandela Foundation to commit 67 minutes of their own time to helping others — in respect to Nelson Mandela International Day.
The day after Mandela’s death on Dec. 5, H.E. John W. Ashe, President of the General Assembly, made a heartwarming statement:
“He embodied the highest values of our United Nations, and by the example of his life and his actions demonstrated the difference one person can make in the face of adversity, oppression and prejudice, while maintaining a disposition of humility, humour and modesty that is so rare amongst people of his stature.” What a beautiful statement that sums up the icon perfectly.
How The World Is Honoring Nelson Mandela Day
Individuals everywhere, from celebrities to the people around the world, have joined together for this incredible man.
The people of South Africa are taking part in 67 Minutes for Mandela by doing good deeds in his memory.
The people of Glasgow, Scotland, which was the first city in the world to grant Nelson with the freedom of the city in 1981, will also be celebrating. On this day, the city will host a ceremonial ribbon-tying event in the street that Glasgow so kindly named after the great man — Nelson Mandela Place. Tukwini Mandela, his granddaughter, will be the guest of honor.
Ellen DeGeneres took to Twitter on July 18 to commemorate Nelson and the unbelievable hardships he had to overcome throughout his lifetime.
Nelson Mandela was born into a world of unbelievable injustice, and he changed it. Imagine if all the world’s people aspired to that.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) July 18, 2014
We will always remember and honor the legendary Nelson Mandela and everything he did for the world.
“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead,” — Nelson Mandela said at the 90th Birthday Celebration of Walter Sisulu on May 18th, 2002.
— Olivia Elgart