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Holiday Calendar for Canada for 2023-2024 year
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National traditions, public holidays and notable observances for 2023-2024 year

March 2023

Tuesday 21 March - Senior Skip Day or Beach Day in the USA and Canada (The date for missing the lessons varies among different schools)
Thursday 30 March - Bank of Nova Scotia Day (We help our customers, their families and their communities achieve success through a broad range of advice, products and services, including personal and commercial banking, wealth management and private banking, corporate and investment banking, and capital markets)

April 2023

Saturday 1 April - Irritable Bowel Syndrome Awareness Month in Canada (also Rosacea Awareness Month and Be a Donor Month); Fossil Fools Day in United States and Canada (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)
Monday 3 April - National Dental Hygienists Week in Canada (Held from Monday in the first full week of April)
Thursday 6 April - Tartan Day (Canada and the United States)
Thursday 13 April - FND Awareness Day in Canada (Functional Neurological Disorder [FND]/Conversion Disorder [CD])
Monday 24 April - Kapyong Day (Australia, Canada, New Zealand)
Tuesday 25 April - Parental Alienation Awareness Day (Parental alienation is a problem that most people don't know about. It is child abuse and needs to be stopped.)
Friday 28 April - National Day of Mourning in 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 2023

Monday 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); Mental Health Week in Canada (Held in the first full week of May); Sun Awareness Week in Canada (Held from the first Monday in May)
Friday 5 May - No Pants Day (It is held on the first Friday in May)
Monday 8 May - National Nursing Week in Canada (Held from Monday to Sunday of the same week in which the date May 12 is located)
Thursday 11 May - Nisga'a Day (celebration of the effective date of the Nisga'a Final Agreement. Nisga'a Nation)
Sunday 14 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)
Saturday 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)
Sunday 21 May - Energy Conservation Week in Ontario, Canada (is about the power of collective action)
Monday 22 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)

June 2023

Thursday 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."); Brain Injury Awareness Month in Canada
Friday 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)
Sunday 4 June - Canadian Forces Day (celebrated on the first Sunday in June)
Sunday 11 June - Davis Day (Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada)
Monday 12 June - Canadian Men's Health Week (Held from the second Monday of June)
Tuesday 13 June - Men’s Mental Health Awareness Day in Canada (held annually on the Tuesday before Father's Day)
Sunday 18 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); Father’s Day
Wednesday 21 June - National Aboriginal Day in 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.)
Friday 23 June - National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism in Canada; Manulife Day (We are working hard to not only change ourselves, but to reshape our industry); Bank of Montreal Day
Monday 26 June - June Day or Newfoundland and Labrador Discovery Day (observed on the nearest Monday to June 24)
Tuesday 27 June - Canadian Multiculturalism Day (It’s about inspiring belonging in a strong integrated community); National Anthem Day in Canada

July 2023

Saturday 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)
Wednesday 12 July - The Twelfth, also known as Orangemen's Day (Northern Ireland, Scotland, Newfoundland and Labrador)
Tuesday 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.)
Friday 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.)
Saturday 29 July - Food Day Canada (Saturday of Civic Holiday weekend - August)

August 2023

Monday 7 August - Civic Holiday in Canada (celebrated on the first Monday of August); Heritage Day in Alberta, Canada (the first Monday of August each year); Nova Scotia's Natal Day in Canada (the first Monday of August each year); Terry Fox Day in Manitoba, Canada
Wednesday 9 August - National Peacekeepers' Day in Canada (celebrated on Sunday closest to the day)

September 2023

Friday 1 September - Acne Awareness Month in Canada (also Craniofacial Awareness Month and Prostate Cancer Awareness Month)
Sunday 10 September - Grandparents Day in Canada (Second Sunday of September)
Sunday 24 September - Bladder Cancer Awareness Walk in Canada (This charity event began in 2006. It takes place every year on the fourth Sunday in September)
Wednesday 27 September - Maple Leaf Day in Canada (celebrated on the last Wednesday in September)
Saturday 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); Orange Shirt Day in Canada

October 2023

Monday 2 October - Fire Prevention Week in United States and Canada (observed on the second week in October)
Monday 9 October - Thanksgiving in Canada (observed on the second week in October); Fire Prevention Day (Canada, United States); Digital Health Week in Canada (date for 2023. Digital Health Week, as well as National Kinesiology Week - a discipline that studies muscle movement in all its manifestations); Leif Erikson Day (United States, Canada, Iceland and Norway)
Friday 13 October - No Bra Day (On this day women are encouraged to forgo wearing no bra as a means to encourage breast cancer awareness)
Tuesday 17 October - 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)
Saturday 21 October - Sweetest Day in Great Lakes region (is celebrated on the third Saturday in October)
Sunday 22 October - Respiratory Therapists Week in Canada (Held in the last week of October)
Monday 30 October - Mischief Night (United States and Canada) - Beggars Night (certain regions of the United States)

November 2023

Wednesday 1 November - Movember in Canada (also Lung Cancer Awareness Month; Osteoporosis Month; Fall Prevention Month; National Domestic Violence Awareness Month)
Thursday 2 November - Men Make Dinner Day (celebrated on the first Thursday of November)
Sunday 5 November - Guy Fawkes Night (United Kingdom, New Zealand and Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada)

December 2023

Wednesday 13 December - Acadia Memorial Day (dedicated to the tragic event during the deportation of the Acadians, the ships of the Duke of William, Ruby and Violet, sunk in 1758)
Tuesday 26 December - Boxing day in Australia (also Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Great Britain, New Zealand, Canada, Kiribati, Nauru, Botswana, Ghana, Jamaica)

January 2024

Wednesday 31 January - Bell Let's Talk Day in Canada (Date for 2024)

February 2024

Monday 19 February - Family Day in parts of Canada (celebrated on the third Monday in February)

March 2024

Monday 11 March - Commonwealth Day in Canada (is annually held on the second Monday of March)
Friday 15 March - Dietitians Day in Canada (Celebrated on the third Wednesday of March)
Saturday 16 March - Saint Urho's Day (Finnish Americans and Finnish Canadians)
Monday 18 March - Sheelah's Day (Ireland, Canada, Australia)

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.
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