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Official National holidays in Canada

National holidays in Canada , are legislated at the federal,provincial and territorial levels. Many of these holidays are observed  All over the country, but each province and territory in Canada has its own holidays as well.

While major Christian holidays such as Good Friday and Christmas are officially observed, leave is permitted for other religious holidays as well. For example, some school children and employees take days off for Jewish holidays, Muslim holidays, Hindu holidays, or Eastern Orthodox observances according to the Julian calendar. While not normally taken off work, Saint Patrick’s Day,Valentine’s Day, Halloween,Father’s Day and Mother’s Day are traditionally observed by Canadians. The Celebrate Canada series is a collection of important cultural days beginning with National Aboriginal Day on June 21, and followed by St-Jean Baptiste Day on June 24, Canadian Multiculturalism Day on June 27, and concluding with Canada Day on July 1.Following is the list of national holidays in  Canada .

List of the National holidays in Canada

DateWeekdayHoliday nameHoliday type
Jan 1FridayNew Year’s DayNational holiday
Jan 2SaturdayDay After New Year’s DayLocal holiday
Jan 6WednesdayEpiphanyObservance, Christian
Jan 7ThursdayOrthodox Christmas DayOrthodox
Jan 14ThursdayOrthodox New YearOrthodox
Jan 25MondayTu B’Shevat (Arbor Day)Jewish holiday
Feb 2TuesdayGroundhog DayObservance
Feb 8MondayFamily DayCommon Local holidays
Feb 8MondayChinese New YearObservance
Feb 9TuesdayCarnival/Shrove TuesdayChristian
Feb 10WednesdayAsh WednesdayChristian
Feb 14SundayValentine’s DayObservance
Feb 15MondayNational Flag of Canada DayObservance
Feb 15MondayIslander DayCommon Local holidays
Feb 15MondayFamily DayCommon Local holidays
Feb 15MondayNova Scotia Heritage DayCommon Local holidays
Feb 15MondayLouis Riel DayCommon Local holidays
Feb 19FridayYukon Heritage DayLocal holiday
Mar 1TuesdaySt David’s DayObservance
Mar 13SundayDaylight Saving Time startsClock change/Daylight Saving Time
Mar 14MondayCommonwealth DayObservance
Mar 14MondaySt. Patrick’s DayLocal holiday
Mar 17ThursdaySt. Patrick’s DayObservance
Mar 20SundayPalm SundayChristian
Mar 20SundayMarch equinoxSeason
Mar 24ThursdayMaundy ThursdayChristian
Mar 24ThursdayPurimJewish holiday
Mar 25FridayGood FridayNational holiday, Christian
Mar 26SaturdayHoly SaturdayChristian
Mar 27SundayEaster SundayObservance, Christian
Mar 28MondayEaster MondayCommon Local holidays
Apr 6WednesdayNational Tartan DayObservance
Apr 9SaturdayVimy Ridge DayObservance
Apr 23SaturdayFirst day of PassoverJewish holiday
Apr 25MondaySt. George’s DayLocal holiday
Apr 29FridayOrthodox Good FridayOrthodox
Apr 30SaturdayLast day of PassoverJewish holiday
Apr 30SaturdayOrthodox Holy SaturdayOrthodox
May 1SundayOrthodox EasterOrthodox
May 2MondayOrthodox Easter MondayOrthodox
May 4WednesdayYom HaShoahJewish holiday
May 5ThursdayAscension DayChristian
May 5ThursdayIsra and Mi’rajMuslim
May 8SundayMother’s DayObservance
May 12ThursdayYom HaAtzmautJewish holiday
May 15SundayPentecostChristian
May 16MondayWhit MondayChristian
May 22SundayTrinity SundayChristian
May 23MondayVictoria DayCommon Local holidays
May 23MondayNational Patriots’ DayLocal holiday
May 26ThursdayCorpus ChristiChristian
May 26ThursdayLag B’OmerJewish holiday
Jun 7TuesdayRamadan beginsMuslim
Jun 12SundayShavuotJewish holiday
Jun 19SundayFather’s DayObservance
Jun 20MondayJune SolsticeSeason
Jun 21TuesdayNational Aboriginal DayObservance
Jun 21TuesdayNational Aboriginal DayLocal holiday
Jun 24FridaySt. Jean Baptiste DayLocal holiday
Jun 27MondayDiscovery DayLocal holiday
Jul 1FridayCanada DayNational holiday
Jul 1FridayMemorial DayLocal observance
Jul 2SaturdayLaylat al-Qadr (Night of Destiny)Muslim
Jul 7ThursdayEid-al-FitrMuslim
Jul 9SaturdayNunavut DayLocal holiday
Jul 11MondayOrangemen’s DayLocal holiday
Aug 1MondayHeritage Day in AlbertaCommon Local holidays
Aug 1MondayCivic/Provincial DayCommon Local holidays
Aug 1MondayTerry Fox DayCommon Local holidays
Aug 1MondayNew Brunswick DayCommon Local holidays
Aug 1MondayBritish Columbia DayCommon Local holidays
Aug 1MondayNatal DayCommon Local holidays
Aug 3WednesdayThe Royal St John’s Regatta (St John’s)Local holiday
Aug 14SundayTisha B’AvJewish holiday
Aug 15MondayAssumption of MaryChristian
Aug 15MondayDiscovery DayLocal holiday
Aug 19FridayGold Cup ParadeLocal holiday
Sep 5MondayLabour DayNational holiday
Sep 13TuesdayEid-al-AdhaMuslim
Sep 22ThursdaySeptember equinoxSeason
Oct 3MondayRosh HashanaJewish holiday
Oct 3MondayMuharram/Islamic New YearMuslim
Oct 4TuesdayFeast of St Francis of AssisiChristian
Oct 10MondayThanksgiving DayNational holiday
Oct 10MondayThanksgiving DayObservance
Oct 12WednesdayYom KippurJewish holiday
Oct 17MondayFirst day of SukkotJewish holiday
Oct 23SundayLast day of SukkotJewish holiday
Oct 24MondayShmini AtzeretJewish holiday
Oct 25TuesdaySimchat TorahJewish holiday
Oct 29SaturdayDiwali/DeepavaliObservance
Oct 31MondayHalloweenObservance
Nov 1TuesdayAll Saints’ DayObservance
Nov 2WednesdayAll Souls’ DayChristian
Nov 6SundayDaylight Saving Time endsClock change/Daylight Saving Time
Nov 11FridayRemembrance DayNational holiday
Nov 11FridayRemembrance DayObservance
Nov 27SundayFirst Sunday of AdventObservance
Dec 8ThursdayFeast of the Immaculate ConceptionChristian
Dec 11SundayAnniversary of the Statute of WestminsterObservance
Dec 12MondayProphet’s BirthdayMuslim
Dec 21WednesdayDecember SolsticeSeason
Dec 24SaturdayChristmas EveObservance
Dec 25SundayFirst Day of HanukkahJewish holiday
Dec 25SundayChristmasNational holiday, Christian
Dec 26MondayBoxing DayCommon Local holidays
Dec 31SaturdayNew Year’s EveObservance


Nationwide National holidays in Canada

DateEnglish nameRemarks
January 1New Year’s DayCelebrates the first day of every year in the Gregorian calendar.
Friday before Easter DayGood FridayCommemorates the crucifixion of Jesus. In Quebec, non-federally regulated employers must give either Good Friday or Easter Monday as a statutory holiday, though some give both days.
July 1Canada DayCelebrates Canada’s 1867 Confederation and establishment of dominion status.

In Newfoundland and Labrador, observed as Memorial Day.

First Monday in SeptemberLabour DayCelebrates economic and social achievements of workers.
December 25Christmas DayCelebrates the Nativity of Jesus.

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