Sunday, 18 July 2021

18th July - Nelson Mandela International Day

A great man once said, " Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world ".  This renowned person who is a great revolutionary, philanthropist, politician, and who has dedicated himself to contributing to world peace, human rights, and freedom is none other than Nelson Mandela. On the 18th of July, Mandela's birthday is celebrated worldwide as Nelson Mandela International Day to spread awareness on global peace and the need to take up responsibilities to make the world a better place to live in. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (born on 18th July 1918)  served as the President of South Africa and also devoted his life to the service of humanity and philanthropy.

Nelson Mandela honoured by Bharat Ratna - India's highest civilian award in 1990 and Nobel Peace prize in 1993.

The above stamp was issued by India Post in the year 2018 to mark the birth centenary of Nelson Mandela as a part of the India - South Africa Joint Issue.

The above MS was issued by SA Post on 11th February 2014.  First Mandela stamp after his death and exactly 24 years after his release from the Victor Vester, Cape Town prison.


  1. Thanks for sharing! Ah, I love that stamp! I've never seen one like that before.


    I've written about this special day too!

  3. Another great post. The stamp brings out Mandela's persona so well.
    Here's a tidbit from history. As I recall, India "boycotting herself" from World Cricket in 1989 or earlier brought world's focus on apartheid in SA as never before. Earlier on US led boycott of SA from many sporting events including Olympics since the 1980s had little effect but when India refused to play cricket - I believe the Western nations blinked and SA's Botha led govt. was compelled to release Mandela forthwith. This is my impression, I could be wrong on the date details.

    As per Wiki, India ended its boycott in 1991 by inviting the South African cricket team to the country for an ODI series

  4. Thanks for your kind words. Nice info too.


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