Commonwealth Day History
Commonwealth Day serves to promote Commonwealth issues and core values. On the second Monday of March, Commonwealth member countries around globe unite to in an effort to promote global issues, international co-operation, and the Commonwealth's work to better the lives of over 2 billion people in its 53 member countries, the majority of which were once under British rule.
In 1931, the former British colonies of Australia, Canada, New Zealand and South Africa decided to join Britain in the creation of the Commonwealth of Nations. Throughout the 20th century, as more and more nations gained their independence from Britain, their new leaders also opted to join the Commonwealth of Nations, further diversifying the religious, racial, social and political makeup of the Commonwealth. Today, all member countries of the Commonwealth, regardless of size, wealth, race or religion, have an equal say in shaping the Commonwealth of tomorrow. Since 1977, Commonwealth Day has been celebrated on the second Monday in March of every year with a special theme. The theme for Commonwealth Day 2016 is 'An Inclusive Commonwealth'.
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