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The second Monday of March marks Commonwealth Day, a holiday celebrated in the United Kingdom and its sovereign territories. Festivities often include patriotic events such as flag-raising and reading the Commonwealth message from the Queen.
The Commonwealth is a global family of 54 member countries, from Canada and Great Britain to New Zealand, South Africa, Nigeria, India and Tuvalu. The modern Commonwealth, which represent a quarter of all humanity, evolved out of Britain's imperial past. Today, it helps to advance democracy, human rights, and sustainable economic and social development.
Commonwealth Day is celebrated during a multi-faith service in Westminster Abbey normally attended by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Head of the Commonwealth, the Commonwealth Secretary-General and the Commonwealth High Commissioners in London. The Queen delivers an address to the Commonwealth which is broadcast throughout the world on the BBC.
Athletes from Commonwealth countries compete against each other in a wide variety of sports every four years at the Commonwealth Games. Unlike the Olympics, the competition is between individuals, not countries.