A Young Commonwealth

09 Mar

Commonwealth Day is the annual celebration of the Commonwealth of Nations held on the second Monday in March, and marked by a multi-faith service in Westminster Abbey, normally attended by Queen Elizabeth II as Head of the Commonwealth, with the Commonwealth Secretary-General and Commonwealth High Commissioners in London. The Queen delivers an address to the Commonwealth, broadcast throughout the world.

Commonwealth Day March 9, 2015

While it has a certain official status, Commonwealth Day is not a public holiday in most Commonwealth countries, and there is little public awareness of it.

Royal Commonwealth Society In Canada, the only official recognition is a federal government stipulation that the Royal Union Flag be flown alongside Canada’s flag at government installations nationwide, “where physical arrangements allow…. Physical arrangements means the existence of at least two flag poles”. The 1964 parliamentary resolutions creating the Maple Leaf flag also retained the Union Flag as an official symbol of Canada’s membership in the Commonwealth, and allegiance to the Crown.

You can participate via social media:  on Facebook or Twitter. Tag your social media posts with the hashtag #YoungCommonwealth.

For more information I suggest Event Brite for Toronto’s celebrations, and “The Commonwealth” webpage for lots of information, quiz, and more.


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4 responses to “A Young Commonwealth

  1. Gypsy Bev

    March 11, 2015 at 12:08 am

    Thanks for the info. Had never heard of Commonwealth Day before, but am from the US.

    • tkmorin

      March 11, 2015 at 3:40 pm

      I don’t think too many from Canada knows about it either. 🙂

  2. The Canadian Cats

    March 9, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    So Commonwealth Day is no big deal here….however it is one of those days that should be recognized as part of our British influence. I’d rather it was a holiday….where is it a holiday?


    • tkmorin

      March 11, 2015 at 3:39 pm

      It looks like it’s a national holiday only in Gibraltar. It would be nice if it was here too, I agree. Sorry it took me a while to reply. 🙂


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