Commonwealth Day around the world in 2024

Commonwealth Day around the world in 2024

  How long until Commonwealth Day?
Commonwealth Day
  Dates of Commonwealth Day around the world
2024 Various Feb 19, Mar 11
GibraltarMon, Feb 19National Holiday
Turks and Caicos IslandsMon, Mar 11National Holiday
TuvaluMon, Mar 11National Holiday
2023 Various Feb 20, Mar 13
GibraltarMon, Feb 20National Holiday
Turks and Caicos IslandsMon, Mar 13National Holiday
TuvaluMon, Mar 13National Holiday
2022 Various Feb 21, Mar 14
GibraltarMon, Feb 21National Holiday
Turks and Caicos IslandsMon, Mar 14National Holiday
TuvaluMon, Mar 14National Holiday
2021 Various Feb 15, Mar 8
GibraltarMon, Feb 15National Holiday
Turks and Caicos IslandsMon, Mar 8National Holiday
2020 Various Mar 9
British Virgin IslandsMon, Mar 9National Holiday
GibraltarMon, Mar 9National Holiday
Turks and Caicos IslandsMon, Mar 9National Holiday

Originally known as Empire Day, this holiday marked Queen Victoria's birthday

  Which countries observe Commonwealth Day in 2024?
National Holiday Regional Holiday Not a public holiday Govt Holiday

When is Commonwealth Day?

Commonwealth Day is celebrated every year by the 56 Commonwealth member countries on the second Monday in March.

History of Commonwealth Day

At the end of the nineteenth century, when the British Empire was arguably at its peak, Empire Day was established in Canada. The holiday was held on the last school day before Queen Victoria's birthday, May 24th.

Following the death of Queen Victoria in 1901, the holiday grew in popularity across the empire. The horrors of the First World War changed how the holiday should be celebrated, with it becoming more a day of remembrance.

With the surge for independence from the empire in the late 1950s, the British prime minister Harold MacMillan announced that Empire Day would be changed to Commonwealth Day. In 1976, the date of the holiday was switched to the Second Monday in March. This date was chosen as no Commonwealth country had a public holiday on that day and almost all countries had school terms.

The Commonwealth was founded on December 11th 1931.

Did you know?

In Canada, Empire Day became Victoria Day and remains a public holiday celebrated on the Monday before May 25th.

The day is marked by a Commonwealth Service held at Westminster Abbey in London.

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