Celebrating Mandela's 95th birthday

As Nelson Mandela recovers in hospital, South African citizens carried balloons, held up birthday cards and danced in the streets to celebrate his birthday. The former South African president turned 95 today. His birthday also marks Nelson Mandela International Day.

South Africa Celebrates Nelson Mandela's 95th Birthday

PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 18: A balloon floats outside the Mediclinic Hospital as people celebrate the 95th birthday of their 'Father of the Nation' Nelson Mandela on July 18, 2013 in Pretoria, South Africa. The South African presidency has said that Mandela's health is 'steadily improving', as the anti-apartheid icon spends his 95th birthday in hospital. Children in schools across the country have started off Mandela Day by singing 'Happy Birthday' to him. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

South Africa Celebrates Nelson Mandela's 95th Birthday

PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 18: Thousands of people celebrate the 95th birthday of their 'Father of the Nation' Nelson Mandela outside the Mediclinic Heart Hospital where he is being treated on July 18, 2013 in Pretoria, South Africa. The South African presidency has said that Mandela's health is 'steadily improving', as the anti-apartheid icon spends his 95th birthday in hospital. Children in schools across the country have started off Mandela Day by singing 'Happy Birthday' to him. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

South Africa Celebrates Nelson Mandela's 95th Birthday

PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 18: Winnie Madikizela- Mandela (C), ex-wife of Nelson Mandela, stands with a giant birthday cake outside the Mediclinic Heart Hospital on July 18, 2013 in Pretoria, South Africa. The South African presidency has said that Mandela's health is 'steadily improving', as the anti-apartheid icon spends his 95th birthday in hospital. Children in schools across the country have started off Mandela Day by singing 'Happy Birthday' to him. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

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