Extra holidays, people. We get to share one another’s holidays, meaning double the days of celebration and, uh, time off from work. While I’m not planning to become a Canadian citizen, per se, I am looking forward to experiencing twice as many holidays once living there.
Take Monday for example. It was Victoria Day, celebrated in honor of Queen Victoria’s birthday and the current reigning Canadian sovereign’s official birthday. That would Queen Elizabeth II for those of you unfamiliar with the British Royal Family. Happy belated Victoria Day everyone!
Other Canadian holidays I look forward to sharing include:
Canada Day happens on July 1 and celebrates the country’s 1867 Confederation and establishment of dominion status. Congrats on your “independence”!
Canada’s Thanksgiving is the second Monday in October. Turns out Canadians are NOT re-enacting the Pilgrims having a good time with the Indians after arriving at Plymouth Rock. They are instead giving thanks for all they have at the close of the harvest season. Which is interesting because, like Americans, only 2 to 3 percent of the countrymen are actually farmers.
Boxing Day is the day after Christmas and supposedly commemorates the Feast of St. Stephen, the first Christian martyr. Or perhaps more familiarly the tradition of boxing up gifts for those less fortunate. Like postal workers (United Kingdom history).
Family Day, the third Monday in February, is very new and apparently an absolute waste, or so says Fiancé. Ontario’s Ministry of Labour (sic) Web site reads: There is nothing more valuable to families than time together. And yet it seems tougher than ever to find, with so many of us living such busy lives. That’s why, on the third Monday of every February, Ontarians will have a public holiday—Family Day.
That’s enough of a reason for me to take advantage of an extra holiday.
The first Monday in August is Civic Holiday. Pretty much it’s just a municipal holiday. Here, have another day off, Canadians!
November 11 is Remembrance Day, in honor of Canada’s war dead and the anniversary of the armistice ending World War I in 1918. Very noble and much appreciated.
Couple those holidays with all the American holidays and I predict a very enjoyable holiday season year round.