Commonwealth Day – March 13

Commonwealth Day is celebrating second Monday of March in Canada with other Commonwealth countries. Because it is not considered a holiday by law, people do not much know about it regarding its importance. Also, it is a day which did not marked from government and media, so it there is a small group of people who aware about it.

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Commonwealth Day
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Commonwealth Day

When we look the historical bonds of Commonwealth Day, it comes from 1800’s Great Britain. As we understand from its name, this empire controlled a big area which includes the land where Canadians live. It is a known reality that Canada has strong bond with English culture, so thanks to many important figures, this day become a part of Canada. In 1988, Commonwealth Day first time celebrated in Canada school. Celebrations lasted for entire day and they consist of speeches about importance of that day, dances, music and concerts. After Queen Victoria’s, her death date came together with Commonwealth Day and people started to celebrate and remember them together especially in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Gibraltar. They also started to add fireworks to celebration events. Regarding Canada, after separation from Great Britain, meaning of Commonwealth Day also changed and it refers to this separation and a new perspective of colonization system. Then, in 1973 according to an application which is done by a Canadian, negotiating on celebrating this day in same date like other countries which are ex-member of Great Britain. Second Monday was chosen because there is no any special day in that day in Canada and overall world. Then in 1976 all process finished and application is accepted as a law. Nowadays, in first Canada Commonwealth Day is celebrating in many countries which are old member of British Empire. However, there is almost no a big celebration, festivals or events for that day in Commonwealth countries. In addition, in Australia even it has not relation with Commonwealth Day, second Monday in March is also celebrated as Canberra Day which refers to celebration of naming of Australian Capital City under Commonwealth Day name.

Happy Commonwealth Day
Happy Commonwealth Day

Public life and daily routines of citizens are not affected by Commonwealth Day because it is not a public holiday so in first government services like post office, public transportation, schools etc. runs as regular as. Also, private shops and business also open during all day and give service their customers.

 

 

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