Flag Day - February 15
Flag Day in 2005 marked the 40th anniversary of
the red and white Maple Leaf flag that represents Canada
as a nation.
The quest for a new national flag actually began in
The single maple leaf design was approved in the country's
national colors, red and white by resolution of the
House of Commons on December 15, 1964, followed by the
Senate on December 17, 1964.
A proclamation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Queen
of Canada on January 28, 1965, established Canada Flag
Day as a national holiday to take effect on February
Click here to learn about Canada's
Day - Queen's Birthday - May
Victoria Day (also known as the Queen's
Birthday, Empire Day, and Commonwealth Day) was first
celebrated in 1845 in Ontario on the occasion of the
birthday of England's young Queen Victoria. The Queen's birthday has been
a national holiday in Canada since 1901, and since 1952
has been celebrated annually on the Monday that falls
before May 25.
Aboriginal Day - June 21
Canada - June 21-July 1
Canada is an 11-day nation-wide celebration that
includes National Aboriginal Day (June 21), Saint-Jean-Baptiste
Day (June 24), Multiculturalism Day (June 27) and Canada
Day (July 1). Each province and territory celebrates
Day - September, 1st Monday
Labour Day is celebrated throughout
Canada on the first Monday in September. This is the
same day celebrated in honour of the labour workforce in the USA
and in Bermuda.
Day - October, 4th Thursday
The history and traditions of Canada's Thanksgiving
holiday are very much the same as those celebrated
in the United States. The USA celebrates Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday in November however the date for Canada's Thanksgiving is the second
Monday in October to align with the harvest calendar of
this more northerly nation.
Day -11 November
Day for Canadians is similar to US holidays Memorial Day and Veterans Day - a solemn day of military remembrance for soldiers
killed in service.
In Canada, as in Australia and
Europe, Remembrance Day is celebrated on November
11 - the same date as the Armistice Day observance
(now known as Veteran's Day in the United States).
At 11 minutes past the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month, take a moment to quietly remember the end of World War II and to pray for an end to war forever.