Nationwide EventsFreedom Day
Where? South Africa
When? 27 April 2017
Freedom Day is the commemoration of the first democratic elections held in South Africa on 27 April 1994. These were the first post-apartheid national elections to be held in South African where anyone could vote regardless of race. Prior to this, during apartheid, racial segregation which was enforced by the National Party, prevented any kind of inter-racial activity.
Everything was separate, from beaches, public services and medical care to education, where anyone who was not white, received a lesser service to those who were. Hence freedom day was and is an important reminder of the tough times had by many and how we have overcome this and moved forward in a positive direction.
For more in depth information about Freedom Day in South Africa, please see our article at "Freedom Day, 27 April".