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Freedom Day (South Africa)

Celebrated in South Africa and by many displaced South Africans all over the world, Freedom Day is a holiday which is celebrated on April 27th. This holiday commemorates and celebrates the first post-apartheid elections that were held on that day in 1994. These elections were the first ones in South Africa in which race wasn’t used to bar some people from voting. On that day, every person of every color who happened to be 18 or older could vote. This is in stark contrast to elections held during Apartheid – which only allowed whites full voting rights and minorities either had none or had limited rights to vote.