Freedom Day is a public holiday here in South Africa celebrated on 27 April each year. It is part of the twelve public holidays in one year.
This year it forms part of a long weekend – 27 April 2018 to 1 May 2018.
It’s an important day in the country’s history and to this day offers a time for reflection. The day is in honour of the country’s first democratic elections.
It was the country’s first non-racial national elections where everyone of voting age of over 18 from any race group, including foreign citizens permanently resident in South Africa, was allowed to vote.
Previously, under the apartheid regime, non-whites had only limited rights to vote.
South Africa uses Freedom Day to mark the liberation of our country and its people from a long period of colonialism and Apartheid.
These days, Freedom Day is celebrated in a variety of different ways with a number of events organised across the country.
Many people also choose to celebrate the day in their own way, usually by visiting some of the country’s historic places as a reminder of the privilege of living in a free country.
Robben Island, Soweto and the Hector Pieterson Memorial, the District Six Museum and the Apartheid Museum are some of the places where you can go to learn more about South Africa’s history.
Others simply choose to enjoy the day by visiting places like public gardens or the beach.