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Holiday Calendar for Canada

Holiday Calendar for Canada for 2019-2020 year
Canadian traditions, notable events, festivals, special days and national holidays in Canada

National traditions, public holidays and notable observances for 2019-2020 year

June 2019

Friday 21 June - National Aboriginal Day (Canada); International Slowness Day (Clémence Boucher, a Montreal community worker, got together with some friends in 2001 and picked June 21 — the longest day of the year — to kick off her movement.)
Sunday 23 June - National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism (Canada)
Monday 24 June - National Holiday of Quebec (St. Jean Baptiste Day)
Thursday 27 June - Canadian Multiculturalism Day (Canada); National Anthem Day in Canada

July 2019

Monday 1 July - International Tartan Day (Tartan Day is a celebration of Scottish heritage on 6 April, the date on which the Declaration of Arbroath was signed in 1320. It originated in Canada in the mid-1980s. It spread to other communities of the Scottish diaspora in the 1990s. In Australia the similar International Tartan Day is held on 1 July, the anniversary of the repeal of the 1747 Act of Proscription that banned the wearing of tartan. Tartan Days typically have parades of pipe bands, Highland dancing and other Scottish-themed events); Moving Day (Quebec, Canada); Newfoundland and Labrador Memorial Day; Canada Day (formerly Dominion Day)
Friday 5 July - National Injury Prevention Day in Canada
Tuesday 9 July - Nunavut Day (Canada)
Thursday 18 July - Hot Dog Day (United States, Canada, Great Britain and Australia. It has been celebrated since 1971, when students first proposed it. Hot Dog Day itself is usually the third Saturday in April, although many students celebrate the entire "hot dog week", running from that Wednesday to that Sunday. July 18 – based on when the North American Meat Institute hosts its annual Hot Dog Lunch on Capitol Hill.)
Sunday 28 July - Day of Commemoration of the Great Upheaval in Canada (The Royal Proclamation of 2003 is a document issued in the name of Queen Elizabeth II acknowledging the Great Upheaval (or Great Expulsion or Grand Dérangement), Britain's expulsion of French-speaking Acadians from Nova Scotia, beginning in 1755.)

August 2019

Monday 5 August - Civic Holiday in Canada (celebrated on the first Monday of August)
Friday 9 August - National Peacekeepers' Day, celebrated on Sunday closest to the day (Canada)
Thursday 15 August - National Day (Nova Scotia, Canada); National Acadian Day (Canada)

September 2019

Sunday 1 September - Acne Awareness Month in Canada (also Craniofacial Awareness Month and Prostate Cancer Awareness Month)
Tuesday 3 September - Merchant Navy Remembrance Day (Canada)
Wednesday 4 September - National Polycystic Kidney Disease Awareness Day in Canada
Sunday 15 September - Terry Fox Run in Canada
Sunday 22 September - Bladder Cancer Awareness Walk in Canada
Wednesday 25 September - Maple Leaf Day in Canada (celebrated on the last Wednesday in September)
Sunday 29 September - National Coffee Day
Monday 30 September - Recovery Day in Canada (is an annual event, first held on September 30, 2012, which demonstrates and celebrates the ability of those with drug, alcohol and behavioral addictions to achieve long-term sobriety and live productive and healthy lives)

October 2019

Tuesday 1 October - Occupational Therapy Month and Rett Syndrome Awareness Month in Canada; Mental Illness Awareness Week and Human papilloma virus Prevention Week in Canada (October 1 to 7)
Monday 7 October - Fire Prevention Week in United States and Canada (observed on the second week in October)
Wednesday 9 October - Fire Prevention Day (Canada, United States)
Monday 14 October - Thanksgiving in Canada (observed on the second week in October)
Tuesday 15 October - Memorial Day for the loss of a child during pregnancy or a newborn (noted in Ohio, USA, Canada, Britain and Italy); Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day (Canada, the United States, the UK and Italy); Pharmacy Technician Day (PTDay was first endorsed by Pharmacy Technician Educators Association, American Association of Pharmacy Technicians, Inc. – AAPT and Pharmacy Technician Certification Board in 2015. It has been observed the third Tuesday in October since 1991)
Friday 18 October - Persons Day (Canada)
Saturday 19 October - Sweetest Day in Great Lakes region (Date for 2019. celebrated on the third Saturday in October); National Psoriatic Arthritis Day in Canada
Monday 21 October - Respiratory Therapists Week in Canada (October 21 to 27)
Wednesday 30 October - Mischief Night (United States and Canada) - Beggars Night (certain regions of the United States)

November 2019

Friday 1 November - Movember in Canada (also Lung Cancer Awareness Month; Osteoporosis Month; Fall Prevention Month; National Domestic Violence Awareness Month)
Monday 4 November - Medical Radiation Technologist Week in Canada (November 4 to 11)
Tuesday 5 November - Guy Fawkes Night (United Kingdom, New Zealand and Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada)
Friday 8 November - National Aboriginal Veterans Day (Canada)
Monday 11 November - Remembrance Day (United Kingdom and the Commonwealth of Nations, including Australia and Canada)
Tuesday 12 November - Digital Health Week in Canada (November 12 to 18; Also National Kinesiology Week); World Antibiotic Awareness Week; World Pneumonia Day
Monday 18 November - National Apple Cider Day (United States)
Wednesday 20 November - National Child Day in Canada
Saturday 30 November - Stomach Cancer Awareness Day in Canada

December 2019

Friday 6 December - National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women (Canada)
Thursday 26 December - Boxing day (Australia, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Great Britain, New Zealand, Canada, Kiribati, Nauru, Botswana, Ghana, Jamaica)

January 2020

Wednesday 1 January - Polar Bear Swim Day or Polar Plunge Day (Canada and United States); New Year’s Levee in Canada; New Year’s Day
Saturday 11 January - Sir John A. Macdonald Day (Canada)
Tuesday 21 January - Lincoln Alexander Day (Canada)
Wednesday 29 January - Bell Let's Talk Day in Canada (Date for 2019)

February 2020

Saturday 1 February - The start of Black History Month (United States and Canada); Psychology Month in in Canada; Eating Disorder Awareness Week in Canada
Wednesday 12 February - Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness Day (Canada)
Saturday 15 February - National Flag of Canada Day (Canada)
Monday 17 February - Family Day (parts of Canada; celebrated on the third Monday in February)
Friday 28 February - Pink Shirt Day in Canada

March 2020

Sunday 1 March - Professional Engineer's Day (Canada. Month of March); Nutrition Month in Canada
Monday 9 March - Commonwealth Day in Canada (is annually held on the second Monday of March)
Monday 16 March - Saint Urho's Day (Finnish Americans and Finnish Canadians)
Saturday 21 March - Senior Skip Day or Beach Day in the USA and Canada (The date for missing the lessons varies among different schools)
Thursday 26 March - Purple Day (Canada and United States)

April 2020

Wednesday 1 April - Irritable Bowel Syndrome Awareness Month in Canada (also Rosacea Awareness Month and Be a Donor Month); Fossil Fools Day (For those environmentally-minded pranksters out there, Fossil Fools Day is a strange mix of April Fools' day and Earth Day and it takes place each year on April 1. It began in 2004 in the United States and Canada to hold coordinated action against the not-so-funny use of fossil fuels to derive energy); Edible Book Day (The International Edible Book Festival)
Tuesday 7 April - National Dental Hygienists Week in Canada (April 7 to 13)
Thursday 9 April - Vimy Ridge Day or Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge (Canada)
Monday 13 April - FND Awareness Day in Canada (Functional Neurological Disorder [FND]/Conversion Disorder [CD])
Thursday 23 April - Canada Book Day; St. George's Day (Great Britain, Canada, Newfoundland)
Friday 24 April - Kapyong Day (Australia, Canada, New Zealand)
Tuesday 28 April - National Day of Mourning (Canada. Every year on April 28 we pay our respects to, and remember, the thousands of workers who have been killed, injured or suffered illness as a result of work-related incidents)

May 2020

Friday 1 May - Asian Heritage Month (Canada); Vision Health Month in Canada (also Ankylosing Spondylitis; Awareness Month; Bladder Cancer Awareness Month; Brain Tumour Awareness Month; Celiac Awareness Month; Hemochromatosis Awareness Month; Hypertension Awareness Month; National Physiotherapy Month)
Thursday 7 May - National Child and Youth Mental Health Day in Canada; Mental Health Week in Canada (May 7 to 13); National Nursing Week in Canada (May 7 to 13)
Sunday 10 May - Mother’s Day (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Bermuda, Bhutan, Bonaire, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Cambodia, Cayman Islands, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Congo, Dem. Rep., Congo, Rep., Cote d'Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Curaçao, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominica, Ecuador, Equatorial Guinea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Faroe Islands, Fiji, Finland, Germany, Gabon, Gambia, Greenland, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guyana, Honduras, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Latvia, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Macau, Malaysia, Malta, Myanmar, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Singapore, Sint Maarten, Slovakia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United States, Uruguay, Vietnam, Venezuela, Zambia, Zimbabwe)
Monday 11 May - Nisga'a Day (celebration of the effective date of the Nisga'a Final Agreement. Nisga'a Nation)
Sunday 17 May - National Day Against Homophobia (Canada)
Monday 18 May - Victoria Day in Canada (Earliest possible date of the last Monday preceding May 25); National Patriots' Day or Journée nationale des patriotes (Quebec, Canada; celebrated on Monday on or before May 24)
Wednesday 20 May - National Seal Day in Canada (In response to this, Bill S-208 was Royally Assented on May 16th, 2017, designating May 20th annually as National Seal Products Day, and to recognize the importance of the seal hunt for Canada’s Indigenous people, coastal communities and entire population)
Thursday 28 May - Sun Awareness Week in Canada (May 28 - June 3)

June 2020

Monday 1 June - Fei Fei Day (Vancouver - Vancouver Mayor Sam Sullivan has declared June 1, 2008 a day to commemorate Hong Kong comedienne Lydia Shum. Sullivan designated what would have been Shum's 63rd birthday "Ms. Fei-fei Day."); National Health and Fitness Day in Canada (the first Saturday in June); Brain Injury Awareness Month in Canada
Tuesday 2 June - Canada Decoration Day (is an unofficial holiday that honors the veterans of the country's military. Decoration Day began as a protest in 1890 by forgotten Canadian veterans who had fought in Canada's first modern battle, the Battle of Ridgeway, on June 2, 1866); Canadian Forces Day (celebrated on the first Sunday in June)
Thursday 11 June - Davis Day (Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada); Canadian Men's Health Week (June 11 to 17)
Tuesday 16 June - Father's Day (Ñelebrated on the third Sunday of June øò Argentina, Aruba, Canada, Costa Rica, France, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Kenya, Japan, Macao, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, Pakistan, Peru, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Venezuela, United Kingdom)

some Canadian traditions

Canadians to greet each other with a kiss on each cheek (left then right), while handshaking is the tradition in the rest of Canada. When attending dinner parties, purchasing high-quality wine and sending flowers beforehand are both common occurrences.
A few flowers have specific symbolic meaning in Canada. Roses are very strongly associated with romantic love, particularly on Valentine’s Day, poinsettias are a symbol of Christmas rarely seen outside the holiday, poppies are a symbol of war veterans and Remembrance Day, and white calla lilies are a somewhat old-fashioned symbol of death.
“The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth”—that’s the Calgary Stampede, an annual extravaganza that happens every July in Calgary, Alberta. The Stampede’s core purpose is “to preserve and celebrate western heritage, culture and community spirit.” They celebrate through concerts, rodeo events (with big money prizes), carnival rides, exhibitions, a parade, and agricultural competitions. The Stampede is one of Canada’s biggest traditions, as over one million people from around the world visit every year.
In 2014, Halloween became a billion dollar industry in Canada alone...
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