Holidays and Celebrations

Canada has people from all over the world, so we have holidays from many different countries and religions. Some holidays  are statutory, which means the schools, banks and government offices are closed, and they are underlined below. Others are traditional – people still go to work or school, but they celebrate the holidays in different ways.

» Holidays in Spring

St. Patrick’s Day is March 17th.

Good Friday and Easter Monday are in March or April.

Victoria Day celebrates the Queen’s birthday. It is on the Monday closest to May 24th.

April Fools’ Day is April 1st.

Earth Day is April 22nd.

Mother’s Day is the second Sunday in May.

» Holidays in Summer

Father’s Day is the third Sunday in June.

St. Jean Baptiste Day is June 24th. It is the national holiday of Quebec.

Canada Day is July 1st. Canada’s national holiday.

Dragon Boat Festival

Ramadan – Muslim Holy Month of Fasting

» Holidays in Fall

Labour Day is the first Monday of September.

Mid-Autumn Festival (Moon Festival)

Thanksgiving Day is the second Monday of October.

Halloween is October 31st.

Remembrance Day is November 11th.

» Holidays in Winter

Christmas is December 25th.

Boxing Day is December 26th.

Hanukkah – Jewish Festival of Lights

New Year’s Day is January 1st.

Chinese New Year

Quebec Winter Carnaval

Groundhog Day is February 2nd.

St. Valentine’s Day is February 14th.

Concordia President’s Holiday is a holiday only at Concordia University. It is on a Friday near the end of February.

International Women’s Day is March 8th.

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