Friday, June 29, 2012

Friday Favourites: Canada Day Weekend

Happy Friday all! It’s a long weekend in Canada. I love long weekends, you? We will be heading up to the cottage after I finish teaching my last fitness class for the week.

The car is all packed and we are ready to go. We’ve stocked up on lots of yummy food and beer. A fun time shall be had!

Every long weekend people around the lake do a fireworks show. Hopefully we will get to witness some more of that this coming weekend seeing as it’s Canada Day.

To get your weekend started off on the right foot – here are some fun Canadian facts, eh!

- Some famous people born on Canada day: 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.

- The Canadian government does not count Sunday as Canada Day because it intends to give you a holiday which is in addition to the routine Sunday holiday. If the 1 July falls on a Sunday then July 2 is the statutory holiday instead.

- In Quebec: Canada Day is also known as Moving Day. This is because many home leases start on July 1 and last for exactly one year and as a consequence; many people in Quebec spend Canada Day moving their possessions from one house to another.

- Canada was known officially as Dominion Day until October 27, 1982.

- Color television was first introduced to Canada on Canada Day in 1967.

- “O Canada” became the official national anthem of Canada on Canada Day in 1980.

- 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.

- The year 2012 marks the 145th celebration of Canada Day which commemorates the day that Canada became a nation.

- Canada Day kicks off, with what some Canadians call, “those two months before winter starts”.

Enjoy your weekend. Hope to see some of you back here on Monday.

Simply Yours,

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