Commonwealth Day: Connecting Cultures

Last Updated: Sunday, 30 September 2012 Published: Saturday, 17 March 2012 Written by Wynante R. Charles

About fifty-four (54) countries around the world each year celebrate what is called Commonwealth Day. Previously known as “Empire Day”, Commonwealth Day is observed typically on the second Monday in March and focuses on a different theme each year.

The theme for 2012 is ‘Connecting Cultures.’

We all are not the same. We have different ways of doing things and different beliefs. But, if we were to all come together and share our differences, instead of being divided, we would be united.


Connecting Cultures is more than just about mixing and sharing each country`s individuality but it is a means of showcasing and strengthening the bond that the commonwealth countries have.

In the Queen`s 2012 Commonwealth day Message she says:

“Our circumstances and surroundings may vary enormously, for example in the food we eat and the clothes we wear, but we share one humanity, and this draws us all together. The joys of celebration and sympathy of sadness may be expressed differently but they are felt in the same way the world over.

How we express our identities reveals both a rich diversity and many common threads. Through the creative genius of artists - whether they be writers, actors, film-makers, dancers or musicians - we can see both the range of our cultures and the elements of our shared humanity.”


Indeed we may be different, but we are all the same. The same people in one commonwealth, in one world, in one galaxy. I`m sure we all have a friend or friends who do not reside in the same country as ours. Your cultures are different, yet you are friends. You may want to know more about their culture and them about yours. If we go out there and showcase what is ours, tell of our local cuisine, our music, our dance and folklore, we would be connecting others to what we have in our country, telling of who we are as a people.

Commonwealth day, provides and understanding and appreciation for the talents and skills all around the world. It allows us to come together under a common cause.

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