A Brooklyn restaurant that shares Mandela's tribal name celebrated his life and legacy Sunday night.
Lanterns were launched into the air outside Madiba restaurant in Fort Greene, and songs were sung in Mandela's honor.
For many people it was a chance to connect with others who were also touched by his legacy.
"Even though he's gone, the body's gone but the spirit and his work is not gone. He's still doing something for him so standing out here in the cold is nothing compared to what he's done for the country and for the world," said one well wisher.
"I'd like to honor him with my spirit meaning I'd like to continue in the peaceful mentality, to love, to forgive," said another well wisher.
"And indeed, the legacy of Madiba continues forever and ever as we launch these balloons into the universe for his spirit to resound for all of the people," said a third well wisher.
Earlier in the day the restaurant showed Mandela's funeral as it was taking place in South Africa.