Freedom Day (South Africa)

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Nelson Mandela voting in 1994

"Freedom Day" is a South African public holiday celebrated on 27 April. It celebrates freedom and commemorates the first post-apartheid elections held on that day in 1994. The elections were the first non-racial national elections where everyone of voting age of over 18 from any race group was allowed to vote. Previously, under the apartheid regime, non-whites had only limited rights to vote. Some groups and social movements celebrate a version of Freedom Day called UnFreedom Day in which they mourn the unfreedom still experienced by the poor[1]

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  1. ^ "Freedom Day". South African Government Information. Government of South Africa. Retrieved 27 April 2011.