Commonwealth Day 2020 Theme, Wishes, Quotes, Poster, Celebration & Activities

By | May 24, 2020

Commonwealth Day 2020 Theme, Wishes, Quotes, Poster, Celebration & Activities:

Commonwealth Day 2020

Commonwealth Day, replacing the former Empire Day, is the annual celebration of the Commonwealth of Nations, celebrated on May 24th.It is marked by an Anglican service in Westminster Abbey, normally attended by Queen Elizabeth II as Head of the Commonwealth along with the Commonwealth Secretary-General and Commonwealth High Commissioners in London.The Queen delivers an address to the Commonwealth, which is broadcast throughout the world.

Commonwealth Day is a public holiday in some parts of the Commonwealth, but not presently in Britain.

fter the death of Queen Victoria on 22 January 1901, her birthday, 24 May, was celebrated from 24 May 1902 as Empire Day, though not officially recognised as an annual event until 1916.It was instituted in the United Kingdom in 1905 by Lord Meath, and extended throughout the countries of the Commonwealth; Empire Day was a “symbol of that unity of feeling . . . to those ideals of freedom, justice, and tolerance for which the British Empire [stood] throughout the world”.

Empire Day became a major event, involving, among other things, school parades and the BBC; in 1925, 90,000 people attended an Empire Day thanksgiving service held at Wembley Stadium as part of the British Empire Exhibition.

The idea of a day that would “remind children that they formed part of the British Empire, and that they might think with others in lands across the sea, what it meant to be sons and daughters of such a glorious Empire”; and which apprised them that “The strength of the Empire depended upon them, and they must never forget it” was conceived earlier, in 1897.In 1898, Canadian Clementina Trenholme introduced an Empire Day to Ontario schools, on the last school day before 24 May, Queen Victoria’s birthday.Empire Day or Victoria Day was celebrated in the Cape Colony before the Second Boer War and thereafter throughout the Union of South Africa.

The British Empire League was instrumental in promoting Empire Day as a patriotic holiday.Empire Day traversed class boundaries, and after World War I it retained “hegemonic potency by amalgamating the emerging traditions of sombre commemoration into the repertoire of imperial festivity”.

In 1958, Harold Macmillan announced in Parliament the renaming of Empire Day as Commonwealth Day.

The Commonwealth and Britain have a shared history, cultural links, common legal systems and business practices.Following a 1973 proposal by the Royal Commonwealth Society, the Commonwealth Secretariat selected the second Monday in March as the date on which Commonwealth Day is observed throughout all countries of the Commonwealth.

Commonwealth Day 2020 Wishes & Quotes:

Mounting an expedition to actualize a Compassionate Commonwealth of all peoples…is the great spiritual challenge of our time.” ~ Commonwealth Day 2020 Quotes

“The Commonwealth is a mixture of developing and developed world, in which the developed countries were very influential and their policies hold sway most of the time.” ~Commonwealth Day 2020 Quotes

“It is easy enough to define what the Commonwealth is not. Indeed, this is quite a popular pastime.” ~ Commonwealth Day 2020 Quotes

“It is necessary to take an active part in politics to observe how often the welfare of the party organization is put before the issues, even before the welfare of the commonwealth.” ~Commonwealth Day 2020 Quotes

“Though bachelors are the strongest stakes, married men are the best binders, in the hedge of the commonwealth.” ~ Commonwealth Day 2020 Quotes

So the nature required to make a really noble Guardian of our commonwealth will be swift and strong, spirited, and philosophic.” ~Commonwealth Day 2020 Quotes

“The idea of a commonwealth relationship is alien to most people but I think that’s true generally.” ~ Commonwealth Day 2020 Quotes

“Philosophers make imaginary laws for imaginary commonwealths, and their discourses are as the stars, which give little light because they are so high.” ~ Commonwealth Day 2020 Quotes

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