Canada today celebrates its 152nd birthday, with a national holiday and events being held throughout the country – and throughout the world – to celebrate Canada Day.
Held on 1st July each year (unless it falls on a Sunday, in which case it is moved to the Monday), Canada Day marks the the anniversary of 1867, enactment of the Constitution Act, 1867 which united three colonies into a single country called Canada within the British Empire.
Referred to as Dominion Day until the early 1980s, when the term Canada Day became more prevalent, being officially renamed so in 1982, the Day has been a statutory holiday in Canadas since 1879.
Thousands upon thousands of immigrants will become Canadian citizens today at hundreds of special ceremonies held across the country, while practically every town and city will be holding parades, concerts and firework displays to celebrate the occasion.
“People from every walk of life and of every race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, and cultural background share in the pride of being Canadian – true North, strong and free, with the protection of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms,” said the country’s Immigrating Minister, Ahmed Hussen “Every 1st July, we remind each other of just how lucky we are to call Canada home. I encourage you to attend a citizenship ceremony and reaffirm your oath as citizens and make the most of today with your friends, your family and your fellow Canadians. We The North! Happy Canada Day!”
Even the UK’s capital gets in on the celebration. The Canadian High Commission has sent out Canada Day party packs to Canadians living across the UK so that they can hang out maple leaf flags, balloons, cocktail napkins and more.
We at Emigrate2 would like to wish all our Canadian readers a happy birthday.
Article published 1st July 2019