Commonwealth Day is a holiday celebrated by Commonwealth countries. It is celebrated annually on the second Monday of March. It celebrates the establishment of the Commonwealth, the purpose of which is to establish a peaceful worldwide environment.
Commonwealth Day was originally created in 1902 in honor of Queen Victoria. At that time it was called “Empire Day. After the death of the ruler, the holiday celebrated the unity of the nations of the Commonwealth and England and promoted the ideas of peace, freedom and justice throughout the world.
For a long time the holiday was unofficial. This misunderstanding was corrected by G. Macmillan in 1958. The holiday received official status, as well as its modern name. Fifteen years later, a single date of celebration was established – the second Monday in March.
Today there is much debate as to whether this holiday is necessary at all. After all, without it and without the Commonwealth, some countries could have gained full independence. However, despite the heated debate, the holiday is still very popular today!
- A celebration of this day in 1925 drew 90,000 spectators to Wembley Stadium.
- Today the Commonwealth has 56 member countries.
- Since 2022, Charles III has been the head of the Commonwealth of Nations.
How to celebrate
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When is Commonwealth Day celebrated in 2024?
Commonwealth Day is observed annually on the second Monday in March.