Commonwealth Day is observed every year on the second Monday in March by 54 countries in celebration of the links shared as members of one diverse and dynamic global family.
According to the Commonwealth Secretariat, this year’s theme presents an opportunity to celebrate the rich cultural diversity of the Commonwealth and “what this enrichment means to us as individuals.”
Dominica marked the occasion with an ecumenical service this morning at the Arawak House of Culture. His Excellency the President Dr. Nicholas J.O Liverpool delivered the Commonwealth Day message from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Speaker of the House of Assembly Mrs. Alix Boyd Knights, the Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, Minister for Education and Human Resource Development Petter Saint Jean and other government ministers also participated.
Following the service, representatives of various schools displayed the national costumes of the Commonwealth nations and made presentations in dance, music and drama.
As part of Commonwealth Day celebrations a youth parliament featuring representatives of all secondary schools and the Dominica State College will debate on a motion to allocate more resources for cultural activities.
The student parliamentarians will argue that investment in culture will ‘further the development and economic advancement of the people of Dominica.’