Today (March 14th, 2016) is Commonwealth Day in the countries that are members of the Commonwealth of Nations.
Commonwealth Day, celebrated on the second Monday of March throughout the Commonwealth, as its name suggests celebrates the Commonwealth.
Traditionally, in London, Queen Elizabeth II leads a celebration at Westminster Abbey on Commonwealth Day along with the Commonwealth Secretary-General, and the Commonwealth High Commissioners. Her Majesty is the Head of the Commonwealth, and normally reads a speech in honour of the occasion.
Commonwealth Day allows member nations to remember the importance of the bind that we all have in being members of the Commonwealth. This bind has, and can continue to be, an important source of trade, security, and friendship.
Commonwealth Day forms first day of celebration for the quadrennial Commonwealth Games, as the torch relay begins at Buckingham Palace on this date.
The day is not an official holiday in most jurisdictions, although I call on all Commonwealth nations to do so. The day does celebrate the group that binds us together.
Happy Commonwealth Day, everyone!