Holidays throughout the year in Canada

Holidays throughout the year in Canada
Happy New Year everybody! We hope your 2011 is going very well so far.

Now that we have 2011 in front of us, we have lots of other holidays to look forward to. Jessie and Maura do a general overview of the statutory holidays in Canada, when they are and what Canadians do to celebrate them. And as always, Jessie and Maura share stories and opinions associated with these special days throughout the year. Do you know about Family Day and why it bothers Maura? And what do Thanksgiving and Jessie’s birthday have in common?

Maura Jessie btn_lipservice.gif

Maura: Now, the next holiday … well, it depends where you live in Canada.
Jessie: Yeah. I know this is a bit of a sore spot with you, Maura.
Maura: It is, Jessie. Because only a few years ago, Saskatchewan and Ontario, two provinces in Canada, got Family Day. And the province of Alberta has had Family Day since 1990.
Jessie: Right. And Family Day is just an early Monday in February—different depending on the year—when you have the day off from work and you spend time with your family.
Maura: Right. You’re supposed to spend time with your family. And, like I said, it’s a really new holiday, a day off in February because the winter is so long. Like you said, after New Year’s, there are no holidays right away and the winter can be a little bit depressing, so it’s nice to have a holiday in February.

Expressions included from this episode in Lipservice:

New Year/New Year’s Essential services
To cheer up A sore spot
Family Day March break/spring break/reading week
Easter The Easter Bunny, eggs, and baskets
Victoria Day Long weekends
Canada Day Bittersweet
Labour Day Thanksgiving
The best of both worlds On everyone’s minds
Christmas Day/Eve Statutory Holidays

Podcast/ Lipservice: Culips ESL Podcast, Photo: Culips

Share this episode!
Posted in Chatterbox.