Canada has many holidays. Some, such as Thanksgiving and Christmas, are shared by many countries around the world. Others are unique to this country. Canada Day and the more recent Multiculturalism Day are two holidays not celebrated anywhere else.
What is Multiculturalism Day?
Multiculturalism Day was created on November 13, 2002, through the Royal Proclamation by the Canadian Government. It is a day to celebrate diversity, equity, and democracy. The day, held every year on June 27, is a chance for communities and the country as a whole to celebrate the varied cultures which make up Canada and to recognize the contributions different ethnic and cultural communities make to Canada.
What is Canada Day?
Canada Day celebrates the founding of the country and specifically recognizes Confederation in 1867, when on July 1 the British North America Act was in effect and created what would eventually be known as Canada. Until 1982, Canada Day was known as Dominion Day. Today, this federal holiday is celebrated with parades, barbecues, and fireworks. Each year, the capital city of Ottawa has an especially large celebration of the day.
Canada Day is sometimes referred to as “Canada’s birthday” and in 2017 the country celebrated 150 years of being a nation. Canada Day Celebrations in most major cities involve a morning ceremony, including a morning singing of the national anthem. At noon, speeches and military exercises or military inspections take place, sometimes with cake-cutting or music and dance.
How Can I Celebrate Multiculturalism Day and Canada Day?
Most cities in Canada celebrate Multiculturalism Day and Canada Day. Look at the news to see what is planned. For Multiculturalism Day, you may see picnics and music events and Canada Day may include a parade, fireworks, cake cutting, children’s activities, and more. Keep in mind that since Canada Day is a federal holiday, government offices, banks, and many businesses may be closed, so plan ahead.
Many people decide to celebrate Canada Day with their families and friends. Barbecues and picnics are traditional, as are camping trips. Since many employees do not work on Canada Day, it is a chance to be together with friends and family. Seeing fireworks together at night and wearing clothes with Canadian flags or carrying Canadian flags is also a tradition.
Would You Like to Take Part in Multiculturalism Day and Canada Day as a Citizen or Permanent Resident?
If you would like to immigrate to Canada or continue to reside in Canada so you can enjoy these and other holidays in Canada, Immigration Direct has resources to help you apply for permanent residency and citizenship. Be sure to also check out our free blog and resources for useful information as you navigate the immigration system.