Commonwealth Day

Category: Political
Commonwealth Day around the world in 2025

About Commonwealth Day

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Dates of Commonwealth Day
2025 Various Mar 10
AustraliaMon, Mar 10Observances Holiday
BotswanaMon, Mar 10Observances Holiday
United KingdomMon, Mar 10Observances Holiday
2024 Various Mar 11
AustraliaMon, Mar 11Observances Holiday
BotswanaMon, Mar 11Observances Holiday
United KingdomMon, Mar 11Observances Holiday
2023 Various Mar 13
AustraliaMon, Mar 13Observances Holiday
BotswanaMon, Mar 13Observances Holiday
United KingdomMon, Mar 13Observances Holiday
2022 Various Mar 14
AustraliaMon, Mar 14Observances Holiday
BotswanaMon, Mar 14Observances Holiday
United KingdomMon, Mar 14Observances Holiday
2021 Various Mar 8
AustraliaMon, Mar 8Observances Holiday
BotswanaMon, Mar 8Observances Holiday
United KingdomMon, Mar 8Observances Holiday
Commonwealth Day is a holiday that celebrates the British Commonwealth. It is observed on the second Monday in March.
Where is Commonwealth Day observed in 2025?
AustraliaMar 10
BotswanaMar 10

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.

Every year a specific theme is chosen for Commonwealth Day. The 2020 theme is 'Delivering a Common Future: Connecting, Innovating, Transforming'.

As the Commonwealth Charter, explains "This theme was chosen because the governments and people of our diverse family of 53 Commonwealth countries connect at many levels through extensive and deep-rooted networks of friendship and goodwill.".

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