Happy Canada Day!

Published 1st July 2011
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Happy Canada Day!

You may not know it, but today is Canada Day! Or la fête du Canada, as the French speakers in Canada call it. Formerly known as Dominion Day, Canada Day celebrates the creation of the Constitution Act of 1867. This act joined Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and the Canada province (now divided into Ontario and Quebec) into a single country. However, the first official celebration was only held in 1917 to honour Canada’s 50th birthday.

Canada is both a federal parliamentary democracy and a constitutional monarchy. Queen Elizabeth II is the monarch of the country and has attended Canada Day celebrations in 1990, 1992, 1997 and 2010. If you want a bit of gossip, this year it will be Prince William and Kate’s turn to celebrate with the Canadians on Parliament Hill in Ottawa.

So, how do Canadians celebrate on this day?

There are no set traditions. Activities range from barbecues, parades and block parties to sporting events and bonfires. Every year Canadian Heritage, the body responsible for promoting Canadian culture, sponsors several of these activities. However, this celebration always ends in Ottawa with a huge display of fireworks. Even Canadian expatriates do not forget to celebrate this day wherever they are in the world. For example, Trafalgar Square in London has witnessed such celebrations since 2006. This is where Canada House – belonging to the High Commission of Canada in London – is located.

Did you find all this Canadian-ness interesting? Well, then do not forget to check out Canadiana Connections, a blog about a US-based Canadian lady who loves her country. Also, the website Canada Day is a good starting point to learn more about this celebration.

We would like to wish everyone a happy Canada day!!

El Día de Canadá

No sé si sabrás que hoy es el Día de Canadá! La fête du Canada, como lo llaman los hablantes franceses en Canadá. Antes conocido como Dominion Day, el Día de Canadá celebra la creación de la Ley constitucional de 1867. Este acta supuso la unión de los territorios de Nueva Escocia, Nuevo Brunswick y la provincia de Canadá (que constituye hoy las provincias de Ontario y Quebec) en un sólo dominio o país. Sin embargo, la primera celebración oficial tuvo lugar 1917 conmemorando el 50º Aniversario de Canadá.

desde que Canadá se convirtió en un Parlamento democrático Federal y une Monarquñi Constitucional, la monarca del país es la Reina Isabel II, que ha asistido a las celebraciones del Día de Canadá en 1990, 1992, 1997 y 2010. A modo de cotilleo, os diré que este año el príncipe Guillermo y Kate acudirán a la Colina del Parlamento, en Ottawa (Ontario) para celebrar este d’ia con los canadienses.

¿Cómo celebran los canadienses este día?

Aunque no existe una tradició arraigada. Se llevan a cabo una amplia gama de actividades ent odo el país, desde barbacoas, desfiles, fiestas de barrio, hasta eventos deportivos y hogueras. El Departamento de Patrimonio y Cultura de Canadá (Department of Canadian Heritage), es el organismo encargado de la promoción de la cultura canadiense y el patrocinador de varias de estas actividades. Sin embargo, este festejo finaliza siempre en Ottawa, con una enorme exhibición de fuegos artificiales. Los emigrantes canadienses tampoco olvidan celebrar este día, desde dondequiera que se encuentren en el mundo. Por ejemplo en Londres, Trafalgar Square ha vivido estas celebraciones desde el año 2006. Ya que es aquí donde se encuentra la Canada House – que pertenece a la High Commission of Canada en Londres.

Si todo esto te ha parecido interesante, échale un vistazo a Canadiana Connections! Un blog que escribe una chica canadiense residente en EEUU y a la que le encanta su país. También esta página web Canada Day te enseñará más cosas sobre esta celebración.

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