What is Commonwealth Day 2021? Read to know about the history of Commonwealth Day, the significance of Commonwealth Day and celebration of Commonwealth Day.
While many people are aware that May 24 is celebrated as Commonwealth Day in India and might wish each other ‘Happy Commonwealth Day 2021’, they are unaware of the reason why. This is why questions like ‘What is Commonwealth Day?’ surfaces every year. The Commonwealth Day is celebrated on May 24 of every year. This day is celebrated by all the countries that were once under the reign of the British Empire, Commonwealth Day is celebrated on the birth date of Queen Victoria, who was born on May 24, 1819.
What is Commonwealth Day?
Commonwealth Day History
Commonwealth Day was previously named as Empire Day, as a celebration of the birth of Queen Victoria after 1916. In the year 1916, Lord Meath extended the celebration of Empire Day to all the countries of the Commonwealth. It thus became a major event in history. In the year 1958, the then Prime Minister of United Kingdom, Harold Macmillan, announced in the Parliament that Empire Day will be renamed as Commonwealth Day. The Commonwealth has had a shared history with Britain, along with some cultural links, common legal systems and also business processes. The Commonwealth Secretariat then selected the second Monday of March will be observed as Commonwealth Day, throughout all countries of Commonwealth.
Commonwealth Day 2021 Theme
2021: Delivering a Common Future This theme highlights how the 54 member countries in the Commonwealth family are ‘innovating, connecting and transforming’ to help achieve some of its biggest goals, like protecting natural resources and boosting trade.
Commonwealth Day Significance
Commonwealth Day’s significance is of “being a symbol of unity of feeling … to those ideals of freedom, justice and tolerance for which the British Empire [stood] throughout the world”, as given in an article dated on 1916. The ideals of the day, when it was celebrated as Empire Day, also included reminding all the children that they formed a part of the British Empire. The children must also think like the ones who live on other lands. They must also know what it is like to be the sons and daughters of the Empire.
Commonwealth Day Celebration
Commonwealth Day is celebrated on different dates across the world. UK, Australia and Canada celebrate the day on the second Monday of March. On the other hand, India, along with countries like Belize celebrate Commonwealth Day on May 24. Each year, there is a theme of the Commonwealth Day and the day is celebrated in such a way as to honour and inculcate this theme in the UK and the rest of the Commonwealth. The theme of 2019 was ‘A Connected Commonwealth’. Commonwealth Day 2020 theme, however, is ‘Delivering a Common Future’. Commonwealth Day is not a statutory holiday and it is on the specific country to decide whether a holiday will be observed. It is a public holiday in Gibraltar.
Commonwealth Day Messages, Quotes And Greetings
-Let us commemorate this Commonwealth Day to the frontline warriors who have shed their blood and sacrificed their lives for the nation.
-On this Commonwealth Day let us try to attain worldwide peace.
-Happy Commonwealth Day. Let the nations come together as partners in national development.
-On this day let us take the opportunity to create a Commonwealth of Freedom.
-This Commonwealth day should be all about promoting the need for Education. The main focus should be on the Education system of the country.
-Happy Commonwealth Day. Let us create the perfect opportunity for the new generation.
-Realizing the potential of an individual should be the most important factor for a nation’s development. Let us try attaining that on this special day.
-This Commonwealth Day should be all about taking a note on the health system of the nation and improving it in all aspects.
-Let us all respect the differences among different Cultures and promote understanding among all above these differences.
-Let us promote and serve a new generation on this Commonwealth Day to make sure that the nation will be in safe hands in the future.
-On this Commonwealth Day let us prioritize making our society green and maintain a clean environment as it is the future.
-Let’s concentrate on the development of Science and Technology on this Commonwealth day for the betterment of our nation.
-On this special day let us focus on women equality in society and promote them as the agents of change of the nation.
-This Commonwealth Day we shall look for attaining equality among different Cultures and also look for Connecting cultures.
-Happy Commonwealth Day. Let us celebrate this day with much pride.
-On this day we should vow to make a Young Commonwealth.
-This day should mark the beginning of many positivities to come with the prime one being delivering a common future for the Commonwealth.
-On this Commonwealth Day, let the blend of tradition serve to make us stronger each day individually and collectively.
-Hoping that this day supplies all prerequisites necessary for the resilience of all kinds, political or social.
-This day is all about the celebration of the Commonwealth states of what they collectively achieved above their differences.
-On this day let us promote international friendship among different countries which would help us fight against any common enemies.
-Let us celebrate this day in Britain as the day of Royal Sightings with Union flag hoisting and the royal speech of the Queen.
-On this Commonwealth Day, let us try to benefit from being open to ideas and encouragement from those nations who are around us.
-This Commonwealth Day let us take an oath to end all personal, collective, and international hate and try rising above it for better days.
-On this day let the Commonwealth make the world safe from all diversification.
-Happy Commonwealth Day. Let us fight against all the injustice on this awesome day.