You will quickly notice that Canadians are relaxed and friendly people of many different cultures, nationalities and religions. This country shares many unique and widely-celebrated holidays that are exciting to learn about and even more so to experience.
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On October 31st of every year, children dress up in costumes and knock on doors in the neighborhood saying “Trick or Treat” and collecting candy from the person who answers the door. Lots of people carve pumpkins and decorate their homes to look scary.
Thanksgiving is a common tradition that is celebrated each year on the second Monday of October. As the name Thanksgiving suggests, this holiday is for giving thanks at the close of the harvest season. It is a time to be thankful for food, for our family and all of the blessings in our lives.
On November 11th of each year, services are held across Canada to remember the lives that were lost in the First World War. A moment of silence begins on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month when the First World War was formally declared over. Pins that look like poppies are distributed weeks before Remembrance Day and are worn over the left side of the chest, over the heart, as a symbol of remembrance in Canada.
Canada Day is celebrated on July 1st of each year and is the anniversary of the day in 1867 when Canada officially became an independent country. There are many festivities that happen all across the country in celebration of our nation’s birthday. In North Bay, there is a cake-cutting ceremony with the biggest cake you will ever see, a multicultural showcase highlighting the different cultures in our city and a soccer game. At night there is a spectacular fireworks show.