Commonwealth Day – March 9th 2020
Commonwealth Day take place each year on the second Monday of March. Celebrations offer an opportunity to promote understanding on global issues, international co-operation and the work of Commonwealth organizations, which aim to improve the lives of citizens.
Commonwealth Day was a topic of discussion at the Third Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, held in Kingston, Jamaica, in 1975. Canada’s proposal of the second Monday in March was agreed to by a meeting of Commonwealth officials the following year in Canberra, Australia. The day was chosen in particular as it would not clash with other national holidays and would be a day on which most Commonwealth schoolchildren would be in class.
In Canada, the Royal Union Flag is flown at federal government buildings and establishments from dawn to dusk to commemorate the occasion. Commonwealth Day ceremonies and interfaith services are also held by Royal Commonwealth Society branches from coast to coast and offer the unique opportunity to celebrate the unique diversity of the cultures and peoples of the Commonwealth.