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Nelson Mandela International Day 2023: Date, Theme, Importance and Why is it celebrated?

Nelson Mandela International Day 2023: Date, Theme, Importance and Why is it celebrated? – Every year, Nelson Mandela International Day is observed on July 18th marking his birth anniversary. The day honors Mandela’s lifelong commitment to social justice, reconciliation, and human rights. the main purpose of the day is to encourage individuals and communities worldwide to engage in acts of service and make a positive impact in their societies, fostering a spirit of activism, solidarity, and collective responsibility.

Nelson Mandela International Day 2023 Theme

Nelson Mandela International Day’s official theme is “The Legacy Lives on Through You: Climate, Food, and Solidarity.”

The theme for 2023 marks the relevance of Mandela’s legacy in addressing contemporary issues. It also marks the urgent need to tackle climate change and food insecurity, promoting sustainable practices, and ensuring access to nutritious food for all.

Nelson Mandela International Day 2023 History

  • In 2009, The United Nations officially recognized Nelson Mandela International Day on Mandela’s 91st birthday.
  • The day was proclaimed to tribute to his remarkable efforts to promote peace, freedom, and equality for all.
  • The day also inspires people to take action and make a difference in their communities, just as Mandela did throughout his life.

Nelson Mandela

  • South African leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner Nelson Mandela were born on July 18, 1918, in South Africa.
  • Nelson Mandela grew to become a symbol of hope and unity in the face of adversity.
  • Also, He emerged as a beacon of peace, reconciliation, and equality.
  • His unwavering commitment to social justice and human rights gained him the admiration of the world, leading to the proclamation of Nelson Mandela International Day on his birthday.

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Inspirational and Motivational Quotes by Nelson Mandela

  • “Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.”
  • “It always seems impossible until it’s done.”
  • “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
  • “One cannot be prepared for something while secretly believing it will not happen.”
  •  “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.”
  • “Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.”
  • “For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”
  • “There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”
  • “As I have said, the first thing is to be honest with yourself. You can never have an impact on society if you have not changed yourself.”
  • “Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated to and passionate about what they do.”
  • “It is said that no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails.”
  • “A winner is a dreamer who never gives up.”
  • “Live life as though nobody is watching, and express yourself as though everyone is listening.”
  • “I hate race discrimination most intensely and in all its manifestations. I have fought it all during my life; I fight it now and will do so until the end of my days.”
  • “Sometimes it falls upon a generation to be great, you can be that generation.”
  • “It is what we make out of what we have, not what we are given, that separates one person from another.”
  •  “There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.”
  • “I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can only rest for a moment, for with freedom come responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not ended.”
  • “Lead from the back — and let others believe they are in front.”

Famous Nelson Mandela Quotes 

  • “I like friends who have independent minds because they tend to make you see problems from all angles.”
  • “Man’s goodness is a flame that can be hidden but never extinguished.”
  • “I learned that to humiliate another person is to make him suffer an unnecessarily cruel fate. Even as a boy, I defeated my opponents without dishonouring them.”
  • “Although I am a gregarious person, I love solitude even more.”
  • “A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest ones.”
  • “The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”

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