How Canadians celebrate Canada Day

Holidays in Canada are how they are celebrated

Like every other country, Canada has its own specific holidays. A distinction would then have to be made between fixed and movable holidays, but also legal and non-legal holidays. Here at ETA Canada, we would like to introduce you to some of these today.

The fixed holidays in Canada naturally include the traditional festivals that we should also know here in Germany, such as:

• 1st & 2nd Christmas Day
• New Years Day

But these holidays in Canada also have a fixed date:

• The National holiday
• The Newfoundland and Labrador
• The memorial day of the war victims

The Canadians attach great importance to the holidays as they symbolize a lot and sometimes carry a lot of history with them. In addition to the fixed and public holidays in Canada, there are also the moving holidays that are important to Canadians. There are also festivals that we know and also celebrate here, such as:

• Good Friday
• Easter Monday

But there are also holidays in Canada that you should definitely get to know how

• Family day
• Remembrance Day of Bishop Patrick
• August holiday
• Discovery of the Yukon (Yukon only)
• Labor Day
• Thanksgiving


The Importance of Holidays in Canada

There are so many great holidays in Canada! Let's take a look at the most famous festivals and see what exactly is celebrated. For example, there is the national holiday (Canada Day) which is always celebrated on July 1st.


The founding of the Dominion of Canada (later only Canada) in 1867 is celebrated on this day. At that time, the provinces of New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario, Nova Scotia merged and formed the Dominion, which together gained independence from England on that day. July 1st has only been an official holiday since 1879.

Labor Day is celebrated on the first Monday in September. Originally this day was celebrated in spring, but in 1894 it was moved to autumn. Labor Day in the USA is exactly the same day.

It goes back to 1872, in that year the first large demonstration for workers' rights was held, which was then still criminal. Trade unions were also illegal and were banned by all means. The disputes dragged on for years to draw attention to the mistreatment of workers. In 1883 all laws against unions were finally repealed and the Canadian Labor Congress was formed.

Another popular holiday in Canada is the monarch's birthday (Victoria Day). Unlike in other countries that originate from the British colony, Canada is the only country that does not celebrate the birthday of the current king or queen, but that of the respective queen who announced the British Empire at the time. In this case, Queen Victoria (May 24, 1819) will be honored on the Monday before May 25th. All shops remain closed, nobody has to go to work and so everyone can watch the different parades that take place on that day.


How the holidays are celebrated in Canada

Parades, concerts, sports festivals and lots of good food true to typical Canadian cuisine! It always depends on the holiday in Canada, but there is always a proper celebration.

We can imagine New Year's Eve and Christmas as similar to ours here, only that Canadians place a lot more emphasis on decoration than we do here in Germany. Most of the time, however, the celebration is more like a family circle.

On the national holiday in Canada it looks a little different again. The Canadian flag is hoisted all over the country and there are many free concerts and events to be attended. Parades and fireworks are also very popular and feature on several Canadian holidays.

Thanksgiving is almost as important as Christmas, much like it is in America. The whole family comes together on this day and has a big meal. Most of the shops stay closed to prevent tourists from traveling back and forth too much, because on this day the flights, public transport, all roads and ferries are completely booked and overcrowded because everyone wants to visit their families.

The turkey custom also exists in Canada. There 2 family members pull on the fork leg, which is also affectionately called the "wishbone", until it is torn in the middle. The lucky one who got the bigger part in the end can now make a wish. Furthermore, the table is set with traditional food, which the Pilgrim Fathers should have eaten on the first Thanksgiving even then.

On the table you can find

• The stuffed turkey
• Cranberry sauce
• Mashed potatoes
• Sweet potatoes
• beans and corn
• Pies of any kind

Of course, there is no skimp on the dessert that is served

• Apple Cake
• Pumpkin pie
• Puddings in different flavors

Many sporting events are often held on this extended weekend, so that after the big feast you can spend time together at a sporting event.