Fam­ily Day in Canada

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Fam­ily Day is ob­served in the Cana­dian prov­inces of Al­berta, On­tario and Saskatchewan o on the third Mon­day of Fe­bru­ary. In Bri­tish Columbia, Fam­ily Day falls on the sec­ond Mon­day of Fe­bru­ary. This hol­i­day cel­e­brates the im­por­tance of fam­i­lies and fam­ily life to peo­ple and their com­mu­ni­ties. What do peo­ple do? On Fam­ily Day, many peo­ple plan and take part in ac­tiv­i­ties aimed at the whole fam­ily. Th­ese in­clude vis­it­ing art ex­hi­bi­tions, watch­ing movies, skat­ing on out­door ice rinks, play­ing board games and tak­ing part in craft ac­tiv­i­ties. Some com­mu­ni­ties plan spe­cial pub­lic events, and art gal­leries and mu­se­ums may have re­duced price or free en­try. As the weather is usu­ally very cold in Fe­bru­ary, hot choco­late and freshly baked cook­ies are pop­u­lar snacks. Other peo­ple use the long week­end as an op­por­tu­nity for a short win­ter break or to travel to visit fam­ily mem­bers or friends. As Fam­ily Day falls on the same date as Na­tional Her­itage Day (ex­cept in Bri­tish Columbia), some peo­ple use the day to ex­plore their per­sonal her­itage and fam­ily his­tory. Pub­lic life In the prov­inces of Al­berta, On­tario, Saskatchewan, and Bri­tish Columbia many peo­ple have a day off work and schools are gen­er­ally closed on Fam­ily Day. Many busi­nesses and or­ga­ni­za­tions are closed, but post of­fices may be open. Pub­lic trans­port ser­vices may run to their usual or re­duced timeta­bles. In the prov­ince of Man­i­toba, the third Mon­day of Fe­bru­ary is a gen­eral hol­i­day, known as Louis Riel Day. Many peo­ple have a day off work and school and many busi­nesses, or­ga­ni­za­tions and stores are closed. In some com­mu­ni­ties, stores are open after noon. Pub­lic trans­port ser­vices may run to Sun­day or hol­i­day timeta­bles. In ru­ral ar­eas, there may be no ser­vices. In the other prov­inces and ter­ri­to­ries of Canada, Fam­ily Day is not ob­served, and nei­ther the third nor the sec­ond Mon­day in Fe­bru­ary are hol­i­days there. Busi­nesses, or­ga­ni­za­tions, schools and post of­fices are open as usual and pub­lic trans­port ser­vices run to their nor­mal timeta­bles. Back­ground Fam­ily Day was first held in Canada in the prov­ince of Al­berta in 1990. It is sup­posed to re­flect the val­ues of fam­ily and home that were im­por­tant to the pi­o­neers who founded Al­berta, and give work­ers the op­por­tu­nity to spend more time with their fam­i­lies. Fam­ily Day was in­tro­duced in Saskatchewan in 2007 and in On­tario in 2008. Bri­tish Columbia ob­serves Fam­ily Day as a statu­tory hol­i­day for the first time in 2013. One of the rea­sons for in­tro­duc­ing Fam­ily Day was that there was a long pe­riod when there were no hol­i­days from New Year’s Day un­til Good Fri­day. Hol­i­days to cel­e­brate fam­i­lies are also held in other places around the globe. In the Aus­tralian Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory, the first Tues­day of Novem­ber is known as Fam­ily and Com­mu­nity Day. In South Africa, the day after

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