Nelson Mandela celebrated his 91st birthday today. In honor of the occasion South Africans have been celebrating the country's first Mandela Day. People have been marking the day by taking part in charity work and community activities. Mr. Mandela said, "Mandela Day will not be a holiday but a day devoted to service.”
The idea seems to have caught on around the world. Many people are celebrating Mandela’s birthday. Mark it on your calendars for next year – July 18 – and plan a service project. It will be held on the former president's birthday every year from now on.
I was impressed when I saw the South African flag. It was adopted in the year 1994. Today’s block is a paper pieced South Africa flag.
If you want to make a 4-inch paper pieced South Africa flag block, click on the small graphic below and you will find full-sized foundations to print out. Be sure and mark the colors on your foundations, it can get confusing.
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