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Canada Day Traditions: How to Celebrate

June 19, 2014

The national day of Canada is celebrating the anniversary of the July 1, 1867 which united three colonies into a single country called Canada within the British Empire. The holiday was originally called Dominion Day and it was the day when Constitution Act was created. Canada Day (July 1st 2014) is one of the most important holidays for Canadians to celebrate the birth of the nation and is usually celebrated with gatherings, great food and fun. If you would like to get in to the Canada Day spirit this year, here are a few suggestions how you can do it. 1. Enjoy Parades and Concerts If your community is celebrating Canada Day, hit the streets and enjoy the parades and concerts. The idea is to go out and have fun listening to music, face painting for the kids and lots of street performers. Check for details about the parade online or in local newspapers. 2. Visit one of the main Canadian cities If you would like to travel for this Canada Day and experience the authentic celebration, then one of the main Canadian cities would be a great choice. You'll experience concerts, food booths and excited crowds. Ottawa throws a spectacular event right next to the Parliament House, with activities all day long. Vancouver has a whole day event with amazing activities for everybody. You can also attend the Montreal Jazz Festival or Calgary Stampede. Don’t forget that Canada’s Air Force throws great air shows on the day. 3. Enjoy the party food Organize a barbecue party with family and friends or go out to enjoy some delicious multicultural food. You can find great recipes for Canada Day and enjoy holiday food. From Canadian flag cupcakes or cake, hot dogs and hamburgers to french fries with gravy and cheese curds. Other fabulous traditional Canada Day recipes are: Lobster rolls or fried clams, baklava and cupcakes made to look like beavers. Also, you can make anything using maple syrup, from taffy pulls to pancakes. 4. Dress in Canadian colors You can dress patriotic by wearing a simple T-shirt with maple leaf or going all in by draping the maple leaf flag over your shoulders. There are great Canadian flag hats available and people usually wear red and white clothing. You can also go bold and dye your hair bright red with temporary hair colour spray or put temporary tattoos on your cheek. 5. Send a Card to all your Canadian friends Even if you are not celebrating Canada Day or you’re not based in Canada anymore, you probably have friends and family members who are celebrating this great holiday. Surprise them with one of great cards for Canada Day and show them that you’re supporting their tradition.

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