COMMON WEALTH DAY
Commonwealth day is celebrated on second Monday of March every year. It is not a public holiday but the motive behind the commonwealth day is just that few countries come together to discuss the work of Commonwealth members and to promote understanding and cooperation on global issues. Every year this day has a theme. In 2012, the theme was “Connecting Cultures” and in 2013, the theme was “Opportunity through Enterprise.” in 2015, the theme was “A Young Commonwealth.”
What is the history behind commonwealth day?
The origins of the Commonwealth of Nations date back almost a century.
The 1926 Balfour Declaration enshrined equality and autonomy to the Dominions of the British Empire, while the 1931 Statute of Westminster further codified the independence of the Empire’s Dominions and officially established the Commonwealth.
After a wave of decolonization swept across the world after World War II, the Commonwealth of Nations was officially declared by the London Declaration on April 28, 1949.
Over the years, a number of countries have either voluntarily left or joined the Commonwealth, while others have recognized their own Heads of State in lieu of the British Monarchy. Yet it remains one of the world’s preeminent intergovernmental organizations to this day.
How is commonwealth day celebrated?
Observance of Commonwealth Day is not uniform across all 53 member states.
In the United Kingdom, the Union Jack is flown over all government buildings while the Queen gives a special address focused on a particular theme each year and attends a special multi-faith service at Westminster Abbey with the Royal Family.
In Canada, the Union Jack is raised alongside the Canadian flag on government buildings, military bases, and other establishments. In the Bahamas and Belize, Commonwealth Day is officially marked in schools with special assemblies and the reading of the Queen’s address.