As usual, July 1 is fast approaching, so is the Canadians’ excitement. Since “Canada Day” is a federal statutory holiday, it’s celebrated throughout Canada with full fervour - all in recognition of the ‘July 1, 1867 enactment’ of the British North Americas Act (BNA), which is also called “The Constitution Act, 1867.”
Historically speaking, the Canadian founders of confederation were the representatives of the British North America colonies who attended the three major conferences on Canadian confederation. Sir John A. Macdonald became the first Prime Minister of Canada on that day; not only was he the ‘father of confederation,’ but he also drafted two-thirds of the provisions of the BNA creating the ‘Dominion of Canada.’
As a result, Canada became a self-governing dominion of Great Britain. The four provinces were created from the former British colonies of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec and Ontario. Presently, Canada consists of ten provinces and three territories.
Canadian national holiday was enacted in 1879 under the name “Dominion Day.”
In fact, the formation of the union of provinces under a new country is the basis of Canada’s July 1 celebration each year. Furthermore, the 'Dominion Day' changed into 'Canada Day on October 27, 1982.
The official lyrics "O Canada" were finalized in 1968 by a special joint committee of the Senate and House of Commons. This day also marks the anniversary of the officially proclaimed “O Canada” as national anthem. The Royal anthem plays 'God Save The Queen' at some festive locations celebrating Canada Day.
Although, the National Capital Commission (NCC) has already invited all Canadians to celebrate 146th birthday on Parliament Hill, yet Ottawa always welcomes Canadians from all across Canada who reach the national Capital to join to enjoy the specifically designed and scheduled festivities.
Thousands of Canadians will congregate on the Parliament Hill to mark their country’s birthday. In the morning, they will be able to attend the Peace Tower carillon concert at 9:00 a.m., the traditional flag-raising ceremony at 9:30 a.m., and the Changing of the Guard at 10:00 a.m.
This year’s Canada Day’s noon show will feature an amazing lineup of talented Canadian performers such as Carly Rae Jepsen and special guests including Chris and Hadfield.
The Noon Show includes a fly-past of CF-18 fighter jets and the Snowbirds Demonstration Team. The show will be hosted by Measha Brueggergosman, with special guest Hélène Campbell, and will feature:
Carly Rae Jepsen, British Columbia Pop- dance, Marie-Mai, Quebec- Pop rock, Metric, Ontario- Indie rock, Terri Clark, Alberta- Country, Karim Ouellet, Quebec- Pop, Jennifer Gillis, British Columbia- Musical theatre and a special performance by Commander Chris Hadfield.
Also, the NCC will present the evening show on Parliament Hill, festivities on Canada Day official sites and the spectacular fireworks display as Canadians gather in the Capital. The Evening Show includes a variety of performances by Canadian artists.
The fact is even the people staying behind also go outdoors joining BBQ parties and enjoying the fireworks all over the country.
Let’s not forget, the Multicultural Society has contributed significantly to keep Canada going with excellence. Last year, a spectacular Canada Day Celebration at Strathcona Park was successfully organized by the Muslim Coordinating Council (MCC-NCR) and the Indonesian Canadian Congress (ICC) followed by a positive feedback from so many Canadians of different ethnic and religious background. It was a lot of fun, especially for the children.
The event served as a good bridge to facilitate Muslims to build ties with Canadians of other faiths. The international "mouth watering" food and dishes from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Eritrea, Somalia, Egypt, Yemen, Lebanon, Palestine, Iraq, and Turkey were available. Moreover, Zuhar prayer in congregation was offered. Also, there was a lovely play by students of Furqaan Qur’an School in Ottawa.
Regardless of insurmountable difficulty, a tolerance level among the members of this type of multi-cultural society is a real blessing, as it has been playing big role in promoting diversity in schools, work places, businesses and academic institutions. Of course, the credit goes to millions of motivated immigrants who kept building this nation to make Canada an attractive country to live peacefully.
Constitutionally, the Canadian society enjoys equal rights, opportunities regardless of their ethnicity, race, creed or color.
As said above, every year, tens of thousands of Canadians celebrate Canada Day in grand style in the nation's capital flocking to Parliament Hill to take part in the Canada Day Noon Show with the Governor General, the Prime Minister, and the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.
Why not, Canadians do deserve to celebrate their legacy, pride and opportunities.
July 1 Celebrations take place in all other parts of the country. And, the 146th happy Canada Day celebration in Surrey BC features: world class entertainment, great food, games and amusement rides, and a spectacular fireworks finale. Plus, there will be a main stage presented by Chevron, for another stellar lineup. In addition, Shooting Star Amusements will have a full range of family-oriented fun for the younger crowd, including amusements, interactive games and bouncy castles - wow!
As the Canadian history reflects the wonderful diverse cultural races, the importance of celebrating Canada Day means a lot - certainly.
Beyond doubt, it brings us together, strengthens our communities, and helps us understand the significance of the Canadian life.