As one of over a dozen overseas territories of the UK, the Caribbean archipelago country of Turks and Caicos celebrates Commonwealth Day on the second Monday of every March with other British Commonwealth member states.
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Originally, “Empire Day” was kept up after the death of Queen Victoria in 1901, but since 1958, the “Commonwealth Day” has replaced it. The name change clearly reflects the fact that many British Commonwealth members are fully independent nations. The Commonwealth is a cultural and economic union only and not a political one.
But every year in Turks and Caicos, Commonwealth Day is a bank holiday and a time when many businesses and government offices will close. There will be speeches and a luncheon for many in government, and others will take the day off to spend time with family and just relax at home.