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COMMONWEALTH DAY

When is Commonwealth Day in 2019?

Commonwealth Day in 2019 is on the Monday, 11th of Mar (3/11/2019).

Commonwealth Day is on the 70th day of 2019. There are 295 days left in the year.

Quick Facts : Commonwealth Day

  • Date: Mar 11, 2019
  • National
  • Also Called:
  • 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

List of National and Regional Public Holidays of Canada in 2018

DAYDATEHOLIDAY
MondayMonJan 01, 2018Jan 01New Year's Day
MondayMonFeb 12, 2018Feb 12Family Day (BC)
WednesdayWedFeb 14, 2018Feb 14Valentine's Day
ThursdayThuFeb 15, 2018Feb 15Flag Day
MondayMonFeb 19, 2018Feb 19Family Day (AB, SK, ON)
MondayMonMar 12, 2018Mar 12Commonwealth Day
SaturdaySatMar 17, 2018Mar 17St. Patrick's Day
FridayFriMar 30, 2018Mar 30Good Friday
MondayMonApr 02, 2018Apr 02Easter Monday
MondayMonMay 21, 2018May 21Victoria Day (Many regions)
SundaySunJul 01, 2018Jul 01Canada Day
MondayMonJul 02, 2018Jul 02Canada Day Holiday
MondayMonAug 06, 2018Aug 06Civic Holiday (Many regions)
MondayMonSep 03, 2018Sep 03Labour Day
MondayMonOct 08, 2018Oct 08Thanksgiving Day
WednesdayWedOct 31, 2018Oct 31Halloween
SundaySunNov 11, 2018Nov 11Remembrance Day (Many regions)
TuesdayTueDec 25, 2018Dec 25Christmas Day
WednesdayWedDec 26, 2018Dec 26Boxing Day (Many regions)