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Commonwealth Day 2024: Date, Theme, History, and Significance, and Activities

Every year, Commonwealth Day is celebrated on second Monday of March. This year, it falls on 11 March 2024.

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The second Monday of March is Commonwealth Day, a day to celebrate the Commonwealth of Nations and its 56 member states. Originally, this day was known as 'Empire Day' and was celebrated on the birthday of Queen Victoria on 24 May. It was first established as Commonwealth Day in 1977 when a member state proposed this date to all member states of the organisation. This date was suggested by the head of the Commonwealth of Nations, who is currently the British ruler.

Today, Commonwealth Day is celebrated with a week-long series of events and activities that include faith and civic gatherings, debates, school assemblies, flag-raising ceremonies, and cultural events. It is a day to commemorate the Commonwealth of Nations and its 56 member states. Let us read about Common Wealth Day 2024 date, theme, history, significance, celebration, and other details below.

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Commonwealth Day 2024 Date

Commonwealth Day is observed annually on second Monday of March. This year, it falls on Monday, 11 March 2024.

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Commonwealth Day 2024 Theme

The theme of Commonwealth Day 2024 is 'One Resilient Common Future: Transforming our Common Wealth'. The theme emphasises the need for the 56 member countries to work together to build resilience, unlock potential, and leverage the Commonwealth Advantage. This transformation is essential to ensure a resilient common future for all.

The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, which is held annually on the second Monday in March, will focus on the above theme. The transformation of the Commonwealth is essential to ensure a resilient common future for all.

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History of Commonwealth Day

The history of Commonwealth Day is associated with Empire Day, which was first celebrated in the late 19th century and the early 20th century to commemorate the birthday of Queen Victoria. When Victoria died in 1901, Empire Day was continued, but its significance evolved over time. In 1958, it was renamed Commonwealth Day, which better reflected the changing nature of the Commonwealth and its emphasis on cooperation and mutual respect among its member states.

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Significance and Celebration of Commonwealth Day

The significance of Commonwealth Day is a day to celebrate the shared values, diversity, and common history of the member states of the Commonwealth. It is also an opportunity to reflect on the importance of cooperation and collaboration to address global challenges and promote prosperity and security.

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Commonwealth Day 2024 Activities and Celebration

Commonwealth Day is celebrated by many member states with various events and activities, including flag-raising ceremonies, cultural performances, and speeches by political leaders. It is a day to showcase the diversity of the Commonwealth and the unique unity that binds the member states together. Commonwealth Day also provides an opportunity to reflect on the importance of cooperation and collaboration to address global challenges such as poverty, climate change, and conflict.

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