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On the second Monday in March (March 8 is the earliest it can fall), members of the Commonwealth of Nations celebrate Commonwealth Day. Commonwealth Day is not a public holiday in most places, but schools and government agencies often mark the event with special programs.
 
The Commonwealth of Nations is a group of 53 “free and independent” nations, most of which were once a part of the British Empire. In fact, early celebrations of Commonwealth Day (in 1904) were known as Empire Day. The commonwealth has members on every continent except Antarctica, and although it is not an economic or military alliance, the group is bound together by shared British history and culture.
 
Commonwealth Day is marked by a speech delivered by the United Kingdom’s Queen Elizabeth II, the symbolic Head of the Commonwealth. 
alliance
Noun

people or groups united for a specific purpose.

Commonwealth of Nations
Noun
association of independent nations and dependent territories linked by historic and cultural ties, as parts of the former British Empire, and cooperating on matters of mutual concern, especially regarding economics and trade.
Noun

one of the seven main land masses on Earth.

culture
Noun

learned behavior of people, including their languages, belief systems, social structures, institutions, and material goods.

economic
Adjective

having to do with money.

empire
Noun

group of nations, territories or other groups of people controlled by a single, more powerful authority.

government
Noun

system or order of a nation, state, or other political unit.

independent
Adjective

free from influence, threat, or support.

military
Noun

armed forces.

Noun

political unit made of people who share a common territory.

public
Adjective

available to an entire community, not limited to paying members.

symbolic
Adjective

serving as a representation of something.

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