2nd Monday in March COMMONWEALTH DAY
Previously this was known as Empire day, this was introduced in 1901 and celebrated on the 24th of May. But the Empire slowly was becoming smaller and smaller over the years and our Monarchs changed, people were less into what they considered part of the old world or older traditions. It was to celebrate all the achievements all the member countries had made.
In 1958 it was renamed to “Commonwealth day.
In 1977 it was then given a new position in the year to celebrate it on and was moved to the 2nd Monday in March. There is a multi-faith ceremony in Westminster Abbey and participating countries 53 in total make up the commonwealth. Member countries also make their own celebrations on this day. In 2018 this day will fall on the 12th of March. The Queen usually delivers a Commonwealth Day message.
|Africa||Asia||Caribbean and Americas||Europe||Pacific|
|Botswana||Bangladesh||Antigua & Barbuda||Cyprus||Australia|
|Lesotho||Singapore||Dominica||Papa New Guinea|
|Rwanda||St Kitts and Nevis||Vanuatu|
|Seychelles||ST Vincent and the Grenadines|
|Sierra Leone||Trinidad and Tobago|
|United Republic of Tanzania|