Every 18 July is Nelson Mandela International Day, the date being chosen because it is Nelson Mandela’s birth date. The day has been a UN observance since 2009.
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The purpose of Nelson Mandela International Day is to bring attention to the legacy of Nelson Mandela and to encourage others to walk in his footsteps. There are worldwide awareness campaigns and opportunities to engage in causes designed to reduce poverty, promote world peace, and bring cross-cultural reconciliation. There is also a strong emphasis on accepting and celebrating cultural diversity.
Other events typical of Nelson Mandela International Day include educational seminars, art exhibits, concerts, and fundraising campaigns. The day is especially popular in South Africa, Mandela’s home country and the place he worked for years to end apartheid, but it is celebrated worldwide.