The Canadian holiday Family Day is listed on some February calendars on the same day as Presidents’ Day in the United States. As a celebration of family, it sounds like a holiday for the whole world to celebrate.
Family Day: What Is It?
Family Day, usually celebrated the third Monday of February in Canada, is a day to take off work and spend with family. It falls about halfway in between New Years’ Day and Good Friday, giving workers a day off during that three-month lull. Families celebrate by spending the day together, often enjoying winter activities such as ice skating, skiing, or hockey.
Celebrated Only in Parts of Canada
Canadian provinces have difficulty in agreeing on this holiday. Only six of the ten Canadian Provinces celebrate the holiday: Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, and Saskatchewan. Alberta was the first Canadian province to celebrate Family Day in 1990. Prince Edward Island calls it Islander Day and Manitoba calls the holiday Louis Riel Day in honor of one of the province’s founders. British Columbia celebrates Family Day on the second Monday in February, instead of the third.
Not a Federal Holiday in Canada
Because not all provinces of Canada observe the holiday, Federal offices across Canada are open on Family Day. Mail is delivered on Family Day. Provincial government offices close in the provinces that celebrate the holiday. Most schools and businesses in these provinces close for the day.
Sources and Further Reading:
Family Day in Canada 2014
Is Family Day a Stat Holiday?
Family Day in Canada