Mandela’s statue goes green on St Patrick’s Day

The move formed part of Tourism Ireland South Africa’s “green the world on St Patrick’s Day” initiative.

The 20 foot statue outside the Nelson Mandela Square. Picture: Tourism Ireland South Africa.

JOHANNESBURG - Former South African President Nelson Mandela's statue in Sandton was lit green on Thursday night to commemorate St Patrick's Day.

The 20-foot statue outside the Nelson Mandela Square, joined in on the Tourism Ireland's "global greening" initiative of "green the world on St Patrick's Day".

Picture: Tourism Ireland South Africa.

The day, celebrated every year on 17 March, has become an international festival celebrating Irish culture with parades, dancing, special foods and a whole lot of green. It began as a religious feast day for the patron saint of Ireland.

Tourism Ireland South Africa's Jane Davidson said, "We are grateful to the Nelson Mandela Foundation and to the management of Nelson Mandela Square for their permission to put the iconic statue on the world stage."

Other world icons that were lit green include the statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Colosseum in Italy and the London Eye in the UK.

Christ the redeemer lit up green in Brazil yesterday for st Patricks day what an awesome pic!!! pic.twitter.com/Z6bh0NOkYs

Niagara Falls, the Pyramids, the leaning tower of Pisa and the Burj al Arab. Green for St Patricks day pic.twitter.com/Axln5KcAN9

A green London Eye with a blue County Hall to celebrate St Patricks Day.

I can't help but see the irony in that. pic.twitter.com/NV2r8QDzfh

Meanwhile, people across the globe came out in style to celebrate with the Irish.