Today is Commonwealth Day, a day set aside since 1977 to celebrate and remember the Commonwealth. It will be celebrated in the 53 member countries under the theme, 'The Commonwealth: Respecting Difference and Promoting Understanding.'
Ghana was the first country in Africa to join the Commonwealth in 1957.
The second Monday in March every year is Commonwealth Day. It is a day to remember, celebrate and learn about the Commonwealth. The focus of the celebration, instituted in 1977, is schools and special themes are chosen every year.
Countries celebrate the occasion differently, and the Head of the Commonwealth, Her Majesty the Queen, attends a multi-faith observance held in Westminster Abbey in London, and the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth reads out her special message which is broadcast in all member countries.