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COMMONWEALTH DAY

When is Commonwealth Day in 2020?

Commonwealth Day in 2020 is on the Monday, 9th of Mar (3/09/2020).

Commonwealth Day is on the 69th day of 2020. There are 297 days left in the year.

Commonwealth Day Facts

  • Date: Mar 09, 2020
  • National
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  • Celebrations: Multi-faith service in Westminster Abbey
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The Commonwealth of Nations celebrate Commonwealth Day every year, on second Monday in March. The Commonwealth is an inter-governmental organization consisting of 52 former British colonies along with Rwanda and Mozambique, founded in 1959 and united by the Singapore Declaration of 1971. The Declaration outlines common goals for Commonwealth countries, including the promotion of democracy, human rights, egalitarianism and world peace. The Commonwealth is also connected through a shard culture, expressed through sports, literary heritage and political and legal structures.

Commonwealth Day was marked for the first time as "Empire Day" on the last school day before Queen Victoria's birthday, 24th May, in 1898. In 1904 it was introduced in the UK and the other members of the erstwhile British Empire, and in 1958 it was renamed Commonwealth Day. It began as an opportunity for people to show pride in being the Queen's people, i.e. allegiance to the British Empire, and continued as a celebration of the new post-colonial relationship shared between Britain and its former colonies. It was often conflated with Victoria Day, which was a commemoration of the monarch's life marked with bonfires and fireworks. It was finally instituted as a Commonwealth-wide holiday in 1976, based on a recommendation by the Royal Commonwealth Society's National Council in Canada. The second Monday in March was chosen as a day with no existing historical connotations.

While Commonwealth Day is not a public holiday, the Canadian federal government orders government installations worldwide, such as federal buildings, airports, military bases etc. to fly the Royal Union Flag alongside Canada's own flag on this day. There is a multi-faith service at Westminster Abbey, usually where the Queen delivers an address to Commonwealth which is broadcast throughout the world. In Canada, the Prime Minister and other ministers make statements as well. Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, Jason Kenney noted in 2012, "Our historical Commonwealth ties have provided Canada with many of the fundamental values that are at the foundation of our society, such as freedom, democracy, and the rule of law." The Prime Minister called it an "opportunity to celebrate the strong bonds of cooperation and friendship that exist among the 54 countries that form the Commonwealth." 2012 has special significance since it is also the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II's rule. Apart from governmental observances however, it is not a widely celebrated holiday, though sometimes there are receptions and exhibitions held in the honor of the Commonwealth.

Certain other countries like the UK, Australia, Belize and the Bahamas also celebrate Commonwealth Day with special programs, assemblies and flag-raising ceremonies in schools. Overall, the day is observed to mark the contribution of the Commonwealth of Nations to the creation of a harmonious global environment

Commonwealth Day Observances

DAY
DATE
HOLIDAY NAME
  • Mon
  • Mar 10, 2008
  • Mon
  • Mar 09, 2009
  • Mon
  • Mar 08, 2010
  • Mon
  • Mar 14, 2011
  • Mon
  • Mar 12, 2012
  • Mon
  • Mar 11, 2013
  • Mon
  • Mar 10, 2014
  • Mon
  • Mar 09, 2015
  • Mon
  • Mar 14, 2016
  • Mon
  • Mar 13, 2017
  • Mon
  • Mar 12, 2018
  • Mon
  • Mar 11, 2019

List of National and Regional Public Holidays of Canada in 2019

DAYDATEHOLIDAY
TuesdayTueJan 01, 2019Jan 01New Year's Day
ThursdayThuFeb 14, 2019Feb 14Valentine's Day
FridayFriFeb 15, 2019Feb 15Flag Day
MondayMonFeb 18, 2019Feb 18Family Day (AB, BC, SK, ON)
MondayMonMar 11, 2019Mar 11Commonwealth Day
SundaySunMar 17, 2019Mar 17St. Patrick's Day
FridayFriApr 19, 2019Apr 19Good Friday
MondayMonApr 22, 2019Apr 22Easter Monday
MondayMonMay 20, 2019May 20Victoria Day (Many regions)
MondayMonJul 01, 2019Jul 01Canada Day
MondayMonAug 05, 2019Aug 05Civic Holiday (Many regions)
MondayMonSep 02, 2019Sep 02Labour Day
MondayMonOct 14, 2019Oct 14Thanksgiving Day
ThursdayThuOct 31, 2019Oct 31Halloween
MondayMonNov 11, 2019Nov 11Remembrance Day (Many regions)
WednesdayWedDec 25, 2019Dec 25Christmas Day
ThursdayThuDec 26, 2019Dec 26Boxing Day (Many regions)