Freedom Day is a public holiday in South Africa celebrated on 27 April. It celebrates freedom and commemorates the first post-apartheid elections held on that day in 1994
Freedom Day commemorates the first democratic elections that were ever held in South Africa. On 27 April 1994, the results of these elections liberated the nation from the long-standing Apartheid and restored rights to all people in South Africa. On this day, Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first black president, was elected to govern the new democratic Rainbow Nation. Mandela’s rise to power ushered in a new era of political change in the country.
Freedom Day was first celebrated in 1995 and has since been celebrated annually on 27 April in memory of the day that changed the nation. The day serves to remind South Africans to be thankful for the freedom and rights that each and every citizen now possesses.