How to celebrate Canada Day?

Canada By Janaina Da Costa August 2, 2022

Canada Day, celebrated on the 1st of July, happens every year in the country, extending even to Canadian communities in other parts of the world, such as New York, London, and Hong Kong. This is a national holiday, and the population takes the opportunity to celebrate. If the holiday falls on Sunday, it is legally postponed to the next day.

As much as Canada Day is a decentralized festivity, the official celebrations are in Ottawa, in the region of Ontario. The parliament promotes concerts and cultural events in the presence of the General Governor and Prime Minister.


A little of history: How was Canada Day created?

This holiday has been celebrated since 1867, when it was promulgated the Constitutional Act in Canada. This event also is known as The British North America Act, uniting three colonies: Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and the Province of Canada (nowadays Ontario and Quebec), making them a single dominion in the British Empire, Canada.

At that time, despite being part of the British Empire, Canada had more political autonomy and governance. With time, the country obtained more and more independence, mainly with the approval of the Statute of Westminster in 1931. But it was just until 1982 with the approval of the Constitution Act, that Canada became completely free.

Initially, the commemoration was named as Dominion Day, but in 1982 it was officially renamed to Canada Day.


How do Canadians celebrate Canada Day?

Canadians celebrate Canada Day by attending outdoor events, such as festivals, carnivals, parades, concerts, fireworks, and much more. As the commemoration happens throughout the national territory, without connection between one place and another, there is no pattern: each city does it in its own way. But, in general, these are the common activities during party day.

This is the main holiday of the country, then Canadians are very participative, going to the streets dressed or painted in white and red, which are the flag colors. At last, this holiday represents the national effort to become completely independent.


How to send money abroad with Western Union Canada?

As we mentioned, Canada Day is celebrated in the whole country, but also in other cities outside the Canadian border. Therefore, if you have relatives or friends that live in other countries and want to celebrate this date with them by sending money, count on Western Union Canada.

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