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Holidays & Observances in Canada

Canada is a North American country north of the United States. Settled by both the English and the French, Canada’s culture has been greatly affected by both. The Province of Quebec uses French as its official language while the rest of the country predominantly speaks English. Canada’s culture is still very connected to the United Kingdom, and this is evident in their celebration of holidays such as Victoria Day. They are also influenced by the United States with holidays such as Thanksgiving, which is celebrated on a different date than in the United States, but involves very similar traditions. Religiously Canada is very diverse, and Christian, Jewish, and Muslim holidays are all considered important. Christianity is the most influential, though, and many Christian holidays such as Christmas and Easter are celebrated across the country even by those who do not practice Christianity.

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Country Observances

Holiday Date Country Holiday Common Observance Observance Type Religion/Belief
Mardi Gras - Shrove Tuesday / Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras - Shrove Tuesday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Ash Wednesday/Carnival Ash Wednesday / Carnival Religious/Beliefs Christianity
St. David's Day Noteworthy & Common
DST starts Daylight Saving Time Time Related
Commonwealth Day Commonwealth Day Popular & Widely Observed
Purim Purim Religious/Beliefs Judiasm
St. Patrick's Day St. Patrick's Day Popular & Widely Observed
Isra and Mi’raj Isra and Mi’raj Religious/Beliefs Islam / Muslim
Palm Sunday Palm Sunday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Maundy Thursday Maundy Thursday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Passover Passover Religious/Beliefs Judiasm
Vimy Ridge Day Noteworthy & Common
Good Friday Good Friday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Holy Saturday Holy Saturday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Easter Easter Religious/Beliefs, Popular & Widely Observed Christianity
Easter Monday Easter Monday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Yom HaShoah Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) Religious/Beliefs Judiasm
St. Georgia's Day St. George's Day Religious/Beliefs Christianity, Catholic
Yom Ha’atzmaut Yom Ha’atzmaut (Independence Day) Religious/Beliefs Judiasm
Mothers Day Mothers' Day Popular & Widely Observed
Lag BaOmer Lag BaOmer Religious/Beliefs Judiasm
Victoria Day Queen's Birthday Popular & Widely Observed
Ascension Day Ascension Day Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Eid al-Fitr Eid al-Fitr Religious/Beliefs Islam / Muslim
National Patriots' Day Patriot Days Public
Shavuot Shavuot Religious/Beliefs Judiasm
Pentecost / Whit Sunday Pentecost (Whit Sunday) Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Whit Monday Whit (Pentecost) Monday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Trinity Sunday Trinity Sunday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Canadian Armed Forces Day Armed Forces Days Noteworthy & Common
Corpus Christi Corpus Christi Religious/Beliefs Christianity
National Aboriginal Day Popular & Widely Observed
St. Jean Baptiste Day St. Jean Baptiste Day Religious/Beliefs, Local State, Region, Territory Christianity
Canada Day National Day Public
Canada Day Independence Day Public
Tisha B'Av Tisha B'Av Religious/Beliefs Judiasm
Eid al-Adha Eid al-Adha Religious/Beliefs Islam / Muslim
Emancipation Day Emancipation Day Public
Civic Day Local State, Region, Territory, Noteworthy & Common
Assumption of Mary Assumption Day Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Rosh Hashanah Rosh Hashanah Religious/Beliefs Judiasm
Yom Kippur Yom Kippur Religious/Beliefs Judiasm
First day of Sukkot Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) Religious/Beliefs Judiasm
Feast of St. Francis of Assisi Feast of St. Francis of Assisi Religious/Beliefs Christianity, Catholic
Shemini Atzeret Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah Religious/Beliefs Judiasm
Simchat Torah Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah Religious/Beliefs Judiasm
Thanksgiving Thanksgiving Public
Mawlid al-Nabi - The Prophet's Birthday Mawlid al-Nabi Religious/Beliefs Islam / Muslim
Halloween Halloween Popular & Widely Observed
All Saints' Day All Saints' Day Religious/Beliefs Christianity, Catholic
DST ends Daylight Saving Time Time Related
All Souls' Day - Day of the Dead All Souls' Day - Day of the Dead Religious/Beliefs Christianity, Catholic
Remembrance Day Veterans Day / Armistice Day / Remembrance Day Public
Advent Advent Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Feast of the Immaculate Conception Feast of the Immaculate Conception Religious/Beliefs Christianity, Catholic
Anniversary of the Statute of Westminster Popular & Widely Observed
Hanukkah Hanukkah Religious/Beliefs Judiasm
Christmas Christmas Public, Religious/Beliefs, Popular & Widely Observed Christianity
Boxing Day - St. Stephen's Day Boxing Day - St. Stephen's Day Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Epiphany Epiphany - Three Kings Day Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Tu B'Shevat Tu B'Shevat Religious/Beliefs Judiasm
Chinese New Year Chinese New Year Religious/Beliefs, Popular & Widely Observed East Asian
Valentines Day Valentine's Day Popular & Widely Observed
Flag Day - Canada Flag Day Popular & Widely Observed
Mardi Gras - Shrove Tuesday / Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras - Shrove Tuesday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Ash Wednesday/Carnival Ash Wednesday / Carnival Religious/Beliefs Christianity