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Civic Holiday is a Canadian holiday that is just an extra day off. Its original purpose is a day of rest. On the first Monday of August, citizens of the country can not think about worries and have fun as they want.
Civic Holiday appeared in 1871: it was established in the British Empire under the name “bank holiday”. Since Canada at that time was a colony of Britain, four years later this holiday came to its territory. In different provinces of the country it was called differently, but now it is widely known as Civic Holiday. Despite this name, initially there was no political subtext in this day.
- The way to celebrate this holiday is very different in different cities and provinces.
- In some provinces, the first Monday in August is not a public holiday, although cultural events dedicated to it take place throughout the country.
- Many cities on this day honor a person who has played an important role in local history; for example, in Burlington, the holiday is called “Joseph Brant Day” – in honor of the Mohawk leader Joseph Brant.
How to celebrate
There are no specific rituals for celebrating the third day off. Someone goes to visit, someone travels, someone does their favorite hobby. It is not uncommon for Canadians to go on picnics with family or friends, have outdoor barbecues while enjoying the warm weather. Various events are held at the state and municipal level: dedicated to the history of Canada or just entertaining. In some places, this date coincides with the day of the city, and then the local traditions of the celebration merge with the national ones.
When is Civic Holiday celebrated in 2022?
Civic Holiday is observed on the first Monday of August.