Today is Africa Day, a day to celebrate African Unity!

Africa Day

Celebrating Africa Day in Dublin

Today’s day commemorates the date in 1963 when the Organization of African Unity (OAU) was founded. This day celebrates African diversity and success and aims to highlight the cultural and economic potential that exists on the African continent. Sometimes this day is also called African Liberation Day, which highlights the celebration of African freedom from European colonial powers.

Africa Day is often a colourful celebration that includes street marches, speeches, music, poetry, and other forms of cultural entertainment…

Last year the UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon said, “On Africa Day, we recognize the people and promise of Africa. The continent has just experienced a decade of rapid economic growth – a stark contrast to the stagnation and reversals of previous years. Many of the world’s fastest-growing economies are in sub-Saharan Africa, and attractive investment opportunities are proliferating… Africa has also made gains in consolidating democracy. The United Nations will continue to support the African people’s efforts to realize their right to choose their own leaders and ensure that elections are a route to peace, not violence.”

Happy Africa Day to you all!


Also in May:

World No-Tobacco Day – May 31st

International Day for UN Peacekeepers – May 29th

The Day of Cyrillic Alphabet – May 24th

International Day for Biological Diversity – May 22nd

Cultural Diversity Day – May 21st

Cultural Diversity Day: A Special ‘Hello!’

World Day Against Homophobia – May 17th

World Telecommunications and Information Society Day – May 17th

Mastering the Art of Cheek Kissing

International Day of Families – May 15th

World Fair Trade Day – May 12th

Red Cross Crescent Day – May 8th

Europe Day – May 9th

Wesak – May 5th

World Press Freedom Day – May 3rd

May Day – May 1st

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