Canada Day or Fête du Canada (French) is a national holiday in Canada that commemorates the country's complete independence from Great Britain in 1982.
Before that, The British North American Act of July 1, 1867 united the British colonies of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, and Quebec as a new nation - loyal to Great Britain - and was called the Dominion of Canada.
The holiday celebrating this was called Dominion Day and changed to Canada Day after Canada became a self-governing country that now consists of ten provinces and three territories.
Canadians around the world celebrate Canada Day each year on July 1st. Sometimes referred to as Canada's Birthday, celebrations include parades, festivals, picnics, barbecues, concerts, cultural events, and plenty of fireworks. Many Canadians show their pride by wearing the country's colors of red and white.
Canada's Indigenous people view this day as a time to educate others about Canada's First Nations, and the cultural and historical contributions they have made to the country. Below is a list of some the Canadian Indigenous Nations. Research each to learn about them and their fascinating history.
Canadian Indigenous Nations
The song, "O Canada", became Canada's national anthem on July 1, 1980, but it was first sung in french a century before that. Learn more about the Anthems of Canada, find lyrics, and listen to the various versions of the song on the Government of Canada's website.
Canada is a beautiful country rich with culture and history. Two things that stand out for me whenever I visit the country are its cleanliness and the warmth of the people. Other notables are the Canadian sense of pride and care for the country, their love of hockey - and curling, a sport I still don't quite get, but it fascinates me (we have a curling club here in Wilmington, NC!), and the vast variety of fabulous food - don't even get me started on the insanely delicious poutine!.
Celebrate Canada on Canada Day by learning more about our friendly northern neighbor, its provinces and territories, Canada's Indigenous people, French Canadians, and government. Take a virtual tour of some of the country's most popular cities - and smaller towns, which are absolutely charming. Also learn about their food, customs, and sports. Have a celebration of your own at home - try these tasty recipes - and don't forget to wear red and white.
Wishing all Canadians a Happy Canada Day from the Holiday Chicks!
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