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For many of us Commonwealth Day may just be another day off, a public holiday where we can hit the beach, enjoy a dive, or spend time with friends and family. That is a great way to spend the day, and something we all like to enjoy.

But have you ever wondered why we celebrate Commonwealth Day? What significance it has to Belize?

It all started in 1898 in Canada when a woman by the name of Clementina Trenholme founded Empire Day in support of the British Empire, which was adopted in 1904 by Lord Meath in the United Kingdom. Empire Day became Commonwealth Day in 1958, back when Belize was still known as British Honduras.

In 1973 British Honduras became Belize, and in 1981 Belize became independent – and we still celebrate Commonwealth Day to this day!

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