Commonwealth Day in Gibraltar in 2020

Commonwealth Day in Gibraltar in 2020
  How long until Commonwealth Day?
This holiday next takes place in 91 days.
  Dates of Commonwealth Day in Gibraltar
2021 Gibraltar Mon, Mar 8 National Holiday
2020 Gibraltar Mon, Mar 9 National Holiday
2019 Gibraltar Mon, Mar 11 National Holiday
2018 Gibraltar Mon, Mar 12 National Holiday
2017 Gibraltar Mon, Mar 13 National Holiday
  Summary
Originally known as Empire Day, this holiday marked Queen Victoria's birthday
  Commonwealth Day in other countries
Commonwealth Day internationally

When is Commonwealth Day?

Commonwealth Day is a moveable holiday celebrating the British Commonwealth.

Commonwealth Day is celebrated on the second Monday in March. Only two (Gibraltar and Turks and Caicos Islands) of the 53 member countries celebrate Commonwealth Day as a national holiday.

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, 24th May.

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 11 December 1931.

Did you know?

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

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

Every year a specific theme is chosen for Commonwealth Day. The 2019 theme is 'A Connected Commonwealth' which highlights the co-operation between the culturally diverse family of nations who work together in friendship.

As the Commonwealth Charter, explains "international peace and security, sustainable economic growth and development and the rule of law are essential to the progress and prosperity of all".

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