Winter Midterm Bank Holiday in Gibraltar in 2025

Winter Midterm Bank Holiday in Gibraltar in 2025
  How long until Winter Midterm Bank Holiday?
Winter Midterm Bank Holiday
  Dates of Winter Midterm Bank Holiday in Gibraltar
2025 Gibraltar Mon, Feb 17 National Holiday
2024 Gibraltar Mon, Feb 12 National Holiday
2023 Gibraltar Mon, Feb 20 National Holiday
2022 Gibraltar Mon, Feb 21 National Holiday
2021 Gibraltar Mon, Feb 15 National Holiday

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

  Winter Midterm Bank Holiday in other countries
Winter Midterm Bank Holiday internationally

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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