Happy Commonwealth Day
The countdown to the Birmingham Commonwealth Games is well and truly on with everything kicking off from the 27th July 2022...and today, we've got another reason to celebrate - because it's officially Commonwealth Day!
So, what is Commonwealth Day?
Well, Commonwealth Day is a day packed full of celebrations and events which will be held across the world to mark the occasion!
The day will feature everything from street parties to church services, from democracy debates to fashion shows as 2.4 billion people in 53 Commonwealth countries celebrate the history and values that bind them together.
This year's event is centred around the theme of 'A #ConnectedCommonwealth', highlighting how friendship, goodwill and collaboration among the Commonwealth's culturally diverse members can be harnessed to tackle some of the planet's biggest challenges - such as protecting natural resources and the environment.
The Queen, as Head of the Commonwealth, will join Secretary-General Patricia Scotland at Westminster Abbey for a multi-faith service to celebrate the day. The service will be broadcast live on BBC radio and television.
Commonwealth Day has been celebrated across the Commonwealth every year since the 1970s, with the aim of celebrating the unity, diversity and links of the modern Commonwealth and to foster greater understanding of the Commonwealth's achievements and role.
Today is also a significant milestone in our timeline as we rapidly move towards 2022!
But what does the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games actually mean for you? And what can you expect from the event?
There is this really common misconception that the Commonwealth Games are just about sport - that definitely isn't the case. Under the vision of the Commonwealth Games Federation (CFG), the guys aim to drive the impact and ambition of all of us as Commonwealth citizens, building peaceful, sustainable and prosperous communities globally - an important ambition that we fully support as both Arena Birmingham and the NEC Group.
It's now just two years and four months to go until the Games (not that we're counting), and it's safe to say we've come a long way from where we were in December 2017 when the Games were officially awarded to Birmingham...and come 2022, the city will have developed even further as we aim to deliver one of the most unforgettable Games!
This will be the first time that the West Midlands will have hosted the Games or any major sporting event of this scale, so the stakes are high and all eyes from across the globe will be on us! Whilst this is the 28th Commonwealth Games, it will be only the sixth time the games have taken place in the UK – with London in 1934, Edinburgh in 1970, Edinburgh in 1986, Edinburgh in 2000, Manchester in 2002, Glasgow in 2014.
So, how can you get involved in this Commonwealth Day?
Why don't you head to Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, find Arena Birmingham and post your support ahead of the Games using #CommonwealthDay! Roll on 2022!