Bastille Day commemorates the storming of the Bastille Fortress in Paris in 1789. It was a turning point in the French Revolution against Royal tyranny, and continues to be celebrated as a symbol of the power of society to overcome oppression.
Celebrate in true French style in Franschhoek, South Africa’s own idyllic little corner of France. Franschhoek is a particularly appropriate place to honour the quest for liberty, as it is where many Huguenots settled in the 17th century after fleeing religious persecution in France.
There are plenty of activities for the whole family and you can taste fine wines, sample gourmet cheeses and even play a leisurely game of boules.
The 2010 Franschhoek Bastille Day Festival takes place over the weekend of 17 and 18 July.
Mandela Day is an opportunity to celebrate the life of one of the world’s great statesmen. Mandela committed his life to serving the community, which is why Mandela Day is designed to be more than just a symbolic gesture. Participants are encouraged to do their bit to help make a real change.
18 July, Nelson Mandela’s birthday, has been chosen as Mandela Day worldwide.
It is not a holiday; it’s an opportunity to make a difference. Mandela devoted 67 years to helping the community and, on Mandela Day, each of us is asked to contribute 67 minutes to helping others.
Nelson Mandela Day – Campaign logo 2010