The Significance of Canada Day and What it Means for Us in 2022
Canada Day or Dominion Day, as it was previously known, marks the anniversary of the enactment of the British North America Act, which formally united Canada into one dominion on July 1, 1867. People celebrate it every year. While Canada Day signifies an important milestone in our history, the festivities that accompany it are equally important to recognize – they provide a great opportunity to enjoy time with family and friends while also learning more about Canada’s past and future. Here are some fun facts to help you celebrate!
Canadian Flag History
The flag is one of those incredibly Canadian things that people love to geek out over, but there’s more to our Maple Leaf than a symbol of national pride. The flag has a history that stretches back almost a century, right through some significant events in Canada’s history—and beyond. One fun fact? The Maple Leaf we know today only came into being because of technological limitations.
St. Jean Baptiste
The holiday is named after St. Jean Baptiste, or St. John the Baptist, a Catholic saint who was important to New France during colonial times. The day marks an event which helped define what it means to be Canadian: when French settlers stood up to British troops who came to take over their colony following a series of incidents that will forever be known as the Battle of St. Jean. The holiday has had different names over time (Canada’s birthday, Dominion Day) but has been observed since Confederation—hence its special place in our national identity. Each year, people from all walks of life come together on July 1 to celebrate what being Canadian means to them.
La Fête Nationale
While there are many ways to celebrate what makes us Canadian, we’re here to highlight three of our favorite traditions. Take a look at our list below and see how you can incorporate them into your own 4th of July celebrations or if you live outside of North America, make plans to visit Canada next year. You don’t want to miss out on these fun activities that make our day special. As we celebrate with family and friends on July 1st, may our great nation continue to prosper! Salut à vous et préparez-vous pour le feu d’artifice! Which means- Hello everyone, get ready for some fireworks!
Many Communities Celebrate
Many different communities all over Canada are celebrating Canada day every year. People of different background celebrate the day with people who live together in peace. They celebrate freedom, peace, equality, human rights and diversity. The message behind these celebrations is to remind us that we can be proud Canadians without seeing ourselves as better than any other country or culture. Together we build a nation based on values like honesty, compassion, respect, equality and tolerance. On July 1st every year we renew our faith in those values as we celebrate being Canadian!
Why is the Day Important?
In Canada, July 1st marks a holiday celebrating patriotism and national unity. It’s not only a day off work, but an important day to reflect on our identity as Canadians. There are many different ways to celebrate our nationhood. What is most important is that we take time to think about how our country has evolved over time. How we can further contribute to its development. Where we want Canada to be 50 years from now. If you find yourself how you should celebrate Canada Day with friends or family members – don’t worry; everyone does their own thing.
How things are changing?
There’s no denying that the country has seen monumental changes over time. So much so, that many wonder what will come next. One thing we can count on is change. According to Statistics Canada, by 2027, nearly one-third of Canadian residents will be immigrants or children of immigrants (up from one-quarter today). These are significant figures considering that Canadians are becoming more ethnically diverse and values such as multiculturalism and inclusion will become even more deeply ingrained in our culture. While Canada will continue to diversify, differences between groups should become less pronounced.
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