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1. Double celebration: Canada's National Day is also known as Canada Day or Confederation Day. It commemorates both the anniversary of Canadian Confederation, which took place on July 1st, 1867, and the celebration of Canadian unity and identity.
2. Originally known as Dominion Day, Canada's National Day was officially recognized as a public holiday only in 1879. However, it was not until the 50th anniversary of Confederation in 1917 that Dominion Day started gaining significance and celebrations began to escalate. Although the name Canada Day was widely used by many Canadians, the new name was officially adopted in October 1982.
3. Majestic fireworks: Fireworks are a major tradition during Canada's National Day. The largest display takes place in Ottawa, the capital of the country, where thousands of people gather on Parliament Hill to admire the breathtaking spectacle.
In Montreal, the highly anticipated fireworks will illuminate the sky at 10 pm on Saturday, July 1st, to beautifully conclude the Canada Day celebrations!
4. Parades: Colorful and lively parades take place throughout the country to celebrate Canada's National Day. Floats, marching bands, dancers, and acrobats parade through the streets to the delight of spectators.
5. Giant pancakes: Canada's National Day is often an opportunity to enjoy giant pancakes during community breakfasts. These festive breakfasts are a popular way to bring people together and start the day of celebration with indulgence.
6. Competitive games: Axe throwing contests, lumberjack races, and tug-of-war competitions are popular sporting activities organized during Canada's National Day celebrations. These traditional games highlight the skills and competitive spirit of the participants.
7. Patriotic costumes: People often dress up in attire and accessories featuring the colors of the Canadian flag during the National Day festivities. It is not uncommon to see hats, clothing, flags, and even faces painted in red and white to show Canadian pride.
8. Outdoor concerts: Open-air concerts are held throughout the country to entertain the crowds during Canada's National Day. Local and international artists perform on stage, offering a variety of musical genres for all tastes.
9. Traditional dance: The "quadrille," a traditional dance, is often practiced during National Day celebrations. Participants form couples and follow complex dance instructions, creating a joyful and festive atmosphere.
10. Singing the national anthem: During National Day festivities, it is common to see crowds gathering to sing the Canadian national anthem, "O Canada." It officially became the national anthem of Canada on July 1st, 1980.