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Every year on July 1, just when summer is really beginning to heat up, we celebrate Canada Day. This national holiday was created in 1868 to commemorate the first anniversary of the formation of the Dominion of Canada. Originally known as “Dominion Day,” the holiday’s name was officially changed to “Canada Day” in 1982.
It is a day for Canadians all over the world to show pride in their nation’s history, culture and achievements. From coast to coast, the country’s birthday is marked with colorful parades, elaborate fireworks and singing of the national anthem, O Canada!
In 2013, the week following Canada Day was proclaimed Canada History Week. It’s designed to encourage Canadians to learn about and celebrate their history by visiting museums, talking to veterans and touring national historic sites.
While Canada Day might be the best known of the country’s holidays, there are other noteworthy celebrations leading up to it which begin eleven days earlier.
The first is National Aboriginal Day. The date of this holiday was chosen to coincide with the summer solstice, which falls on June 21st this year, because historically many Aboriginal groups have chosen the solstice to celebrate their traditions. On this day, Canadians and visitors are encouraged to learn more about the Inuit, Métis, and First Nations peoples and how important they are to the country’s culture and history.
On June 24, French Canadians have their day of celebration. Known as Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day, the day honors the patron saint of French-speaking Canadians. Celebrated with parades and parties, it is sometimes called the Fête Nationale du Québec. Québec is the only province to have French as its official language.
On June 27 the contribution of all cultures of the nation are celebrated as Canadian Multiculturalism Day. Created in 2002 to recognize the country’s diversity, this is a day for people to take part in events and learn more about Canada’s amazing collection of ethnicities, languages and religions.
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