Freedom Day South Africa is celebrated on 27th April!
What is South Africa Freedom Day?
South Africa Independence Day or Freedom Day is observed on 27th April every year. It is a public holiday, and if by chance the freedom falls on Sunday, the next Monday automatically becomes a holiday.
History of South Africa Freedom Day:
Freedom Day is celebrated annually on 27th April in South Africa. It is celebrated to honour the auspicious day in 1994, when the first elections held in the country, the very first non-racial elections. This day is celebrated with great enthusiasm and excitement to mark the liberation of the country and its residents from 300 years of colonialism.
This was when the people of South Africa got their identity, and they survived the white minority domination, political prejudice, and Apartheid.
Talking about Apartheid, it was officially implemented in 1948 in South Africa. But this doesn’t mean that they had their identity and voice before that. The colonialism and the oppression of Africans had reached and infected several countries throughout the African continent since the 1600s. So, the battle for freedom was so hard for the Africans.
If you snatch the right and freedom of choice, the freedom of speech, and the freedom of thought from a person, the person is left with nothing. His life gets meaningless and pointless. That’s precisely what had happened with the people of South Africa. The brutal Apartheid rule snatched the right to vote from the Africans based on their colour. They were regarded as useless and waste parts of society. They had no right even to vote, so the point of political power and influence seems like a joke.
Freedom Day honours all the sacrifices that the people of South Africa had made and suffered through incarceration, banning, and torture-including both mental and physical torture, to get rid of Apartheid.
Things to do on South Africa Freedom Day:
The South Africa Independence Day celebrations are full of excitement, and the Africans celebrate this Freedom Day with high spirits of Patriotism. Given below are some of the activities to do on this big day.
- The first thing that everyone should try to include in their list on this day is to get to know about Nelson Mandela. He was a fantastic personality, and Freedom Day demands everyone to read and learn about him to explore certain important factors of his character. To make this process of learning more excited, two movies made on the life of Nelson Mandela; Mandela: Long Road to Freedom, and the world-famous Invictus, directed by Clint Eastwood, are suggested by most of the people.
- Music is a significant part of celebrations. Freedom Day listen to traditional South African music. This will revive the spirit of Patriotism and gets you close to the tradition of the country. If you have no idea about traditional South African music, listen to the playlist “South African Classics,” You are sorted as it includes the 100 greatest all-time South African music hits.
- Invest your time reading some fantastic South African books, including those of writers like Nadine Gordimer and Trevor Noah.
- To add a touch of joy and variation to your day, cook a unique and famous South African dish, and get to know about the taste of South Africa and its cuisine.
South Africa Freedom Day Video:
Video by SABC News
South Africa Freedom Day Quotes:
Independence is a blessing for everyone, but the significance of Freedom Day is a lot more than any other Independence. It was a day of the elimination of racial differences and thus held great importance for the people of South Africa.
In addition to wishes, the exchange and expression of quotes are quite famous too. These quotes include:
- “As long as many of our people still live in utter poverty, as long as children still live under plastic covers, as long as many of our people are still without jobs, no South African should rest and wallow in the joy of freedom.” “Nelson Mandela”
- We are fighting for our land and that land is still in the hands of the oppressor. In other words, the struggle can’t stop until we attain our goal.” “Clarence Makwetu”
- “The fight for freedom must go on until it is won; until our country is free and happy and peaceful as part of the community of man, we cannot rest.” “O. R. Tambo”
- “I am convinced that it would be treacherous to hide our heads in the sand and behave as though we remain on course in terms of the achievement of our shared and various national objectives.” “Thabo Mbeki”
Where is South Africa?
South Africa is located on the south side of Africa. The Atlantic Ocean and the Indian Ocean border South Africa. In the eastern portion of South Africa, there is Lesotho and eSwatini. Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, and Mozambique are present in the north of this country.
How safe is South Africa?
South Africa is not a safe country because of the high level of crime rate there. Rape and Murder are significantly elevated in this country. But the risk of violent crimes for the tourists is low. The reason for this is the appointment of tourists controls the police there.
What language do they speak in South Africa?
It is an interesting thing about South Africa that it has 11 official languages. Yes, you have heard it right! 11 languages have given the status of official language. These include Afrikaans, Venda, Tsonga, English, Southern Sotho, Swati, Zulu, Tswana, Ndebele, Xhosa, and Northern Sotho. Almost all the persons living in South Africa can speak at least two of these languages fluently.
Who colonized South Africa?
The increase in European control and advancement caused the colonization of South Africa. It was the Dutch who eventually drove its colonization. The Dutch ruled the Cape colony until 1795.
When did Apartheid end in South Africa?
The consistent and firm opposition was unable to eliminate Apartheid. Therefore, it remained in effect for almost 50 years. The government of President F.W. de Klerk, in 1991, revolted against it, and ultimately it ended on 4th May.
HAPPY SOUTH AFRICA FREEDOM DAY!