Nelson Mandela Birthday: World Celebrates As Former South African President Turns 93

Happy birthday, Nelson Mandela!

The former President of South Africa and renowned activist is celebrating his 93rd birthday today, and while he has mostly retired from public life, his legacy and wisdom unquestionably continue to influence our world today.

Since 2009, Mandela's birthday has been celebrated as an international day of public good and service, so it should come as no surprise that those who consider him an inspiration are honoring his life in special ways.

With that in mind, here are a few interesting celebrations and birthday wishes from across the globe.

The Official Mandela Day Birthday Wish

In honor of Mandela's 67 years of public service, the Nelson Mandela Day website is highlighting its list of 67 ways to "change the world." Suggestions range from making a new friend and donating medical supplies, to taking the time to "learn the story of someone older than you" and volunteering at a soup kitchen.

President Obama's Birthday Message In his birthday wishes to Mandela, President Obama praised him as a “a beacon for the global community, and for all who work for democracy, justice and reconciliation.”

Motorcycles for Mandela? CNN has this fascinating report about a group of bikers celebrating Madela's birthday and legacy with a cross country road trip including stops for charity along the way.

Students from the Lukhanyo Primary School in Hermanus serenade Mandela with a birthday song.

And of course, a few high profile birthday tweets:

Monday is Nelson Mandela Intl Day honouring his contribution to culture of peace & freedom. #MandelaDay #67minutesless than a minute ago via Tweet Spinner Favorite Retweet ReplyUnited Nations


President Zuma's message to Former President Nelson Mandela on the occasion of his 93rd Birthday than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet ReplyPresidencyZA