Thursday, July 1, 2010

Canada Day

Hello Friends:

I had a wonderful vacation and now the jet lag is catching up with me, I am finding it hard to get my internal clock back on the right time, thus I am blogging at midnight.  But I have wonderful stories and pictures to tell when I get the hundreds of pictures all sorted out.

 But today is July 1 and 'Canada Day' for folks in Canada so I thought I would tell you a bit about what Canada Day represents.

On July 1, 1867 the British North America Act created the Dominion of Canada as a federation of four
provinces.  This event is known as the confederation of Canada.  The four original provinces were created from the former British colonies of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and the Province of Canada, which was divided into the provinces of Quebec and Ontario.  Canada's boundaries have extended since 1867 and the country now consists of 10 provinces and three territories.

On June 20, 1868 Canada's Governor General proclaimed that Canadians should celebrate the anniversary of the confederation.  July 1 became a statutory holiday, known as Dominion day in 1879.  However, no official celebrations were held until the 50th anniversary in 1917, and the 60th anniversary in 1927.  After World War II, Dominion Day was celebrated more frequently and more events were organized by the federal government.  After the centenary of the confederation in 1967, Dominion Day events became more widespread.  July 1 became popularly known as Canada Day.  The date was officially known as Canada Day from 1983 onwards, have a wonderful day!


Pondside said...

Happy Canada Day to you too! I remember when it was Dominion Day, and this evening I sang the song we all learned on the "100th anniversary of confederations" much to the kids' amusement. Enjoy the celebrations!

Rettabug said...

Happy Canada Day to you!

This was a very informative post. I wondered if you got to see this tablescape that was posted in the Tablescape Thursday meme:


Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Happy Canada Day to you too!


Piecefulafternoon said...

Happy Canada Day to you - and to all. Of course we soon have our 4th of July celebration - sometimes called Independence Day - but not often enough. Lots of fireworks (mostly illegal) and excitement - picnics - parties - fun.

Someone once asked "Which countries have a 4th of July?" - the answer is all of them - just not as a celebration. LOL

Lavender Cottage said...

Happy Canada Day Jen.

Porch Days said...

You must have had a wonderful trip. And now you have the fun of enjoying all the photos you took! Looking at them will be like taking the trip over and over again.

Gracie Jewellery said...

Happy Canada Day fellow Southern Ontario gal!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the history lesson. I think it is important to share and remember.
Happy Canada Day!