Commonwealth Day is an annual celebration which honours the values and commitments shared by the 53 countries that form the Commonwealth of Nations. The theme for Commonwealth Day in 2023 is ‘An Inclusive Commonwealth’. This theme reflects the need to foster inclusion, access, equality, diversity and respect for all citizens, across the entire Commonwealth.
The history of Commonwealth Day dates back to the initial concept of gathering countries united by a common language, law, beliefs, culture and history. It began in 1931 as the ‘Empire Day’ and through the years has evolved to become Commonwealth Day. Today, this celebration marks a special opportunity for member nations to come together in celebration of their shared values, culture and vision for a peaceful, prosperous and secure future.
Commonwealth Day is celebrated on the second Monday in March and is marked by celebrations in some of the member countries stemming from the patriotic pride of their shared history. During the celebrations, citizens of the Commonwealth nations join together to share their culture, traditions and unity and recognize the shared values and diversity of the Commonwealth.
The significance of Commonwealth Day lies in uniting the Commonwealth nations and all citizens, regardless of background, race or religion. It serves to nurture and promote closer ties and understanding among peoples of the many nations of the Commonwealth, and to strengthen the resolve for a shared future. Through understanding of shared values and diverse approaches, the day signals a moment for the Commonwealth to highlight a beauty which is found in difference rather than merely celebrating similarities.
Commonwealth Day is widely celebrated and provides the opportunity for citizens of the Commonwealth to come together in unity and celebration of common values, traditions and diversity. Through this day, the Commonwealth nations are united by a shared vision and goal of working towards a brighter, more equal and more inclusive future for all.