Holidays in Canada and in the USA
| Jan 1
|| New Year - Total Holiday
|| Chinese New Year - It does not
fall on the same day every year
| Feb 14
|| Valentine's Day - not a Holiday
| Feb - 3rd Monday
|| Family Day - a statutory Holiday
| Mar or Apr - Friday
|| Good Friday - Total Holiday
| Mar or Apr - Monday
|| Easter Monday - a Statutory
Holiday except in BC
Fool's Day - not a hoiday
| May - 2nd Sunday
|| Mother's Day - See below
| May 24 or before on Monday
|| Victoria Day - Total Holiday - See Below
| Jun - 3rd Sunday
|| Father's Day
| Jul 1
|| Canada Day - Total Holiday
| Aug - 1st Monday
|| Civic Holiday - almost statutory, but not at every place
| Sep - 1st Monday
|| Labor Day - Total Holiday
| Sep - 1st Sunday after Labor Day
|| Grandparents' Day
|| Yom Kippur - Jews Holiday
| Oct - 2nd Monday
|| Thanks Giving
| Oct 31
|| Halloween Day - not a Holiday
| Nov 11
|| Remembrance Day - a statutory Holiday
| Dec 25
|| Christmas Day - a statutory Holiday
|| Boxing Day - a statutory Holiday
New Year Day in USA (Jan 1)
Valentine's Day in Canada and in USA (Feb 14) - Not a Holiday
Although there is no holiday on Valentine's Day, but it is celebrated both
in Canada and in the USA with a great enthusiasm. Markets are filled with
roses and Valentine's Day gifts - chocolate, jewelry, men's gifts etc.
Family Day in Canada (Feb, 3rd Monday)
Good Friday (Dates Vary)
- Total Holiday
Easter Monday (Dates
Vary) - Statutory Holiday in Canada
April Fool Day in Canada (Apr, 1st) - Not a Holiday
Mother's Day in Canada (May, 2nd Sunday)
The House of Representatives in May, 1913, unanimously adopted a resolution
requesting the President, his Cabinet, members of Congress, and all officials
of the federal government to wear a white carnation on Mother's Day.
What is the official flower
for Mother's Day?
(1) Rose, (2) Carnation*, (3) Tulip, (4) Lily, (5) Orchid?
Victoria's Day in Canada (May 24 or before, on Monday)
Victoria Day is a National Holiday celebrated on the first Monday on or preceding
May 24th in order to make it the first long weekend of the summer season. It was
started before Confederation. 24th May is Victoria's actual birthday. It was first
declared holiday in 1845. Victoria Day in Canada was changed to Empire Day, when
enthusiasm for the British Empire was at a peak. Later known as Commonwealth Day.
This day has been a national holiday in Canada since 1901, marking the beginning
of the summer season in Canada when gardens are planted, summer resorts and parks
are opened, and people open up their cottages.
Memorial Day in USA (May, Last Monday)
Canada Day in Canada (July 1)
Civic Holiday in Canada (Aug, 1st Monday)
The intent of the Civic Holiday is to "not work". In Canada Civic Holiday
is in most cases the first Monday of August unless another civil or provincial holiday
exists on a different date, in which case the local holiday is used. Civic Holiday in
Canada is not statutory holiday. If an employer wants you to work, it is a work day.
What you will often find, however, is that its name Civic Holiday changes from
province to province, and even amongst different regions within provinces in Canada.
This tells us that Civic Holiday is not as important as some other holidays, but still
it is celebrated as a statutory Canadian holiday.
Unlike in Canada, Civic Holiday in United States (US) is called Labor Day.
Labor Day in Canada (Sep, 1st Monday)
Grandparents' Day in USA (Sep, 1st Sunday after Labor Day)
The First Grandparent's Day was celebrated in West Virginia in 1973. In 1978 the US
Congress passed legislation proclaiming a National Grandparents Day. The month of
September was chosen to signify the "autumn years" of life for this social
holiday. That same year President Jimmy Carter officially proclaimed the 1st Sunday
after Labor Day as National Grandparent's Day.
Thanksgiving in Canada (Oct, 2nd Monday)
In Canada, however, Thanksgiving day is on the 2nd Monday of October.
Halloween in Canada and in USA (Oct 31)
Is celebrated on October 31 is the evening of All Saints' Day. The word
Halloween comes from medieval England's All Hallows' eve. Today customs
are based on many non Christian hero's and popular children stars like
Harry Potter, Superman, Batman, Yu-Gi-Oh and others, but Harry Potter
is probably the most popular in last few years.
Witches and other evil spirits were believed to roam the earth on
Halloween evening, playing tricks on human beings especially on kids.
Bonfires were lit, offerings were made of dainty foods and sweets, and
people would disguise themselves as one of the roaming spirits, to avoid
demonic persecution. Survivals of these early practices can be found in
countries of Celtic influence today, such as the United States where
children go from door to door in costumes demanding “trick or treat” to
receive candies and money lately, and because of that Halloween, after
Christmas Holiday, has become the children's most favorite holiday.
Remembrance Day in Canada (Nov 11)
Is the day of poppies. For millions of Canadians the poppy has long been the flower
of Remembrance. It originally was a reminder of the blood-red flower which grew in
the fields where many Canadians died in a place called Flanders. It remains the flower
of Remembrance. Remembrance Day is observed on November 11th and it is a statutory
holiday throughout Canada.
Thanksgiving in USA (Nov, 4th Thursday)
Thanksgiving is a national holiday in the United States and Canada commemorating
the harvest reaped by the Plymouth Colony in 1621. After the American Revolution
in USA, the first national Thanksgiving Day, proclaimed by George Washington, was
on November 26, 1789. In 1941, Franklin Roosevelt proclaimed Thanksgiving the
3rd Thursday in November. Finally it was decided that Thanksgiving should
fall on the 4th Thursday of November. In the USA, a very large parade is
organized in many big cities in the morning. New York Parade is very
The Macy's Thanksgiving Day
Parade is an annual parade presented by the US chain store business Macy's. The
tradition started in 1924 then (originally known as the Macy's Christmas Parade
and later the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Christmas Parade) and was staged by the
store. Employees and professional entertainers marched from 145th Street in
Harlem to Macy's flagship store on 34th Street dressed in vibrant costumes.
There were floats, professional bands and live animals borrowed from the Central
Cyber Monday in USA - Monday
After Thanksgiving Day - Shopping Day
It is not a holiday or any festival or anything else, but just a term coined to
shop more, after the shopping of "Black Friday" after Thanksgiving Day of
Thursday. This term, Cyber Monday, was coined by the Shop.org, a part of the US
Trade Association "National Retail Federation". The term was started on November
28, 2005, in a Shop.org press release. Quickly it became the biggest shopping
day of the year.
The other big shopping days
in the USA is the previous Saturday and next day of Christmas day
Veterans' Day in USA (Nov 11)
Christmas Day - Both in Canada and in USA (Dec 25)
In the mid 19th century, Christmas began to acquire its associations with an
increasingly secularized holiday of gift-giving and good cheer and it is practiced
today even more. Christmas cards first appeared in 1850's.
Gifts at Christmas are primarily
English tradition; elsewhere they are given at other times.
The Christmas tree was a tradition
from the Middle Ages in Germany.
The crib with the scene at Bethlehem was popularized
by the Franciscans during the Christmas Holidays.
The midnight service on Christmas Eve
is a popular religious observance in the Roman Catholic Church, and some Protestant churches
during Christmas Holidays.
Boxing Day in Canada (Dec 26)
Comes one day after Catholic Christmas holiday. The Feast of St. Stephen, the first
Christian martyr, is better known as Boxing Day. In many families, gifts (boxes) are
given to those who provide services throughout the year. Boxing Day is listed in the
Canada Labor Code as a holiday. Boxing Day is celebrated in Britain, Australia, New
Zealand, and Canada. In other countries this holiday exists as well but may be called
by different name.
What is common is that in large households, the family may have used this day to
distribute Christmas boxes to their staff and perhaps poor families. Many stores
have gifts and items on sale and that way through shopping offer their offerings.
It is well known shopping day both in Canada and in the USA anyway.
| Jan 1st
|| New Year
(Official Federal Holiday)
| Jan - 3rd Monday
|| Martin Luther's Birthday
| Feb - 3rd
Day - George Washington's Bifrthday
| Mar or Apr - Friday
| Mar or Apr - Sunday
|| Easter Sunday
| May 6
Day - Offices closed (Michigan)
| May - 3rd Monday
|| Mother's Day
| May - Last Monday
|| Memorial Day
| July 4th
| Sep - 1st Monday
|| Labor Day Weekend
| Oct - 2nd
Day (came on 12th Oct)
| Nov 11
|| Veteran's Day (Official Federal Holiday)
| Nov - 4th Thursday
|| Thanks Giving Day (see above)
| Dec 25
|| Christmas Holiday (Official
Highlights of US
Holidays - Called Traditions
There are some special highlights of US holidays --
January 1 - New Year - Complete Holiday
(1) Rose Parade, in Pasadena, California - in 2013 this Parade was 124th.
(2) Rose Bowl Football Game, in California, after the Rose Parade
February - 1st Sunday
Super Bowl Match - the most watched match
November, 4th Thursday - Thanksgiving -
(1) Parade by Macy, in New York, started in 1924
(2) Next day on Friday a great sale in all stores- called Black Friday sale
(3) Next day on Saturday Michigan and Ohio States Football Match
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