As we commemorate the formation of the confederation and the birth of the nation, it is worth exploring some intriguing facts that highlight the history, traditions, and significance of Canada Day.
- The name Canada derives from an Iroquoian word for “village,” kanata, that French explorers heard used to refer to the area near present-day Quebec City.
- On June 20, 1868, Governor General Viscount Monck issued a Royal proclamation asking for Canadians to “celebrate the anniversary of the confederation”.
- Canada was known officially as Dominion Day until October 27, 1982. However, many ordinary Canadians considered it Canada Day long before the official name change.
- The move to change the celebration’s name to its present name was greatly inspired by the Canada Act.
- Cross-country television transmission by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation began on Canada Day in 1958 while colour television was first introduced in Canada nine years later the same day!
- The year 2023 marks the 156th celebration of Canada Day which commemorates the day that Canada became a nation.
- Some famous people born on Canada Day includes Pamela Anderson, Dan Akroyd, Lady Diana the Princess of Wales, Missy Elliott, Jamie Farr, Rod Gilbert, Debbie Harry, Olivia de Havilland, Estee Lauder, Carl Lewis, Sydney Pollack, Alan Ruck, Liv Tyler.
- Canada Day kicks off, what Canadians call, “those two months before winter starts.”
As Canadians come together each year on July 1st, let us celebrate not only the formation of our great nation but also the rich cultural heritage, diversity, and values that define us. May Canada Day be a time of reflection, unity, and gratitude for the past, present, and future of this remarkable country we call home.
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