Holidays in Summer

Summer begins around June 21st, and there are several holidays that happen.

» Father’s Day

In Canada, Father’s Day is always the third Sunday in June. It is a day to show how much you appreciate and love your father. Give him a call, even if it isn’t Father’s Day in your country. Here, children sometimes give their fathers a tie on Father’s Day, and sometimes it’s a day for Dad to go golfing.

» St. Jean Baptiste Day

Saint Jean Baptiste Day is June 24th. It is the national holiday of Quebec. St. Jean is the patron saint of Quebec. Almost everything is closed, and there is a very large and interesting parade in Montreal. After the parade, there is usually a large concert (in French) at Maisonneuve Park (near the Olympic Stadium, Metro Viau). It is a nice holiday to celebrate Quebec culture and the beginning of summer!

» Canada Day

Canada Day is the national holiday of Canada. Canada became a country on July 1st, 1867, when the colonies of Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia joined together and became independent from Britain. This was called Confederation. More provinces and territories joined later.

Almost everything is closed on Canada Day. How do people celebrate? In many cities and towns in English Canada, there are parades, picnics, concerts and fireworks. You may want to go to Ottawa, where there is always a huge concert and show in front of the Parliament Buildings, followed by fireworks. In Montreal, there is usually a small parade downtown, and shows and fireworks in the Old Port.

However, in Montreal, many people think of July 1st as Moving Day. This is because most people who rent their apartments have one-year leases that go from July 1st to June 30th. So, many people move on the same day: July 1st. If you look on any street in Montreal that day, you will see moving trucks. It is very expensive and difficult to hire a truck or a moving company on July 1st. It is a strange thing that happens only in Montreal. In other Canadian cities, people change apartments at the beginning of any month, but in Montreal, we have this crazy July 1st Moving Day.

Facts About Canada

  • Canada is the second largest country in the world. It is 9,984,670 km².
  • Canada has about 35,000,000 people (2012 estimate).
  • Canada has 10 provinces and 3 territories
  • Canada has two official languages: English and French.
  • Canada has a Queen (Queen Elizabeth II).
  • Canada has almost 10% of the world’s fresh water.
  • People have lived in Canada for over 10,000 years, and today Canadian families are from all over the world.

» Ramadan

Ramadan is the most important month in the Muslim calendar. During this month, Muslims fast during the day, between sunrise and sunset. This means they don’t eat or drink anything during the day. They get up early and eat before the sun rises, and wait until after the sun sets before eating. It is a very special month for Muslims, and when the month is over, they have a celebration called Eid al-Fitr.

The Muslim calendar is a lunar calendar, with each month 28 days long. It doesn’t do corrections like the Chinese calendar, so the month of Ramadan is at a different time every year. It is about 11 days earlier every year. When Ramadan is in winter in Canada, the day is shorter. When Ramadan is in the summer, the days are longer and so it is more difficult for Muslims to fast all day.

» Labour Day

Labour Day is the first Monday of September, and it is Workers’ Day. In some countries, May 1st is workers’ day, but in Canada and the U.S., it is Labour Day in September.  The university will be closed. There aren’t any special celebrations or parades, but the long weekend marks the end of the summer season, and the beginning of the school year. For some people it is a last chance to have a picnic or a barbecue, or to go camping before the weather gets too cold.

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