Commonwealth Day in Tuvalu in 2024

Commonwealth Day in Tuvalu in 2024
  How long until Commonwealth Day?
Commonwealth Day
  Dates of Commonwealth Day in Tuvalu
2025 Tuvalu Mon, Mar 10 Public Holiday
2024 Tuvalu Mon, Mar 11 Public Holiday
2023 Tuvalu Mon, Mar 13 Public Holiday
2022 Tuvalu Mon, Mar 14 Public 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 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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