It’s a long time from New Year’s to Easter. And, winters in Canada are cold.
So, back around 1990 a new holiday was added to break up the winter. But it was not added in all places and it is not celebrated uniformly at the same time nor is it the same holiday everywhere.
The second and third Mondays in February are regular working days in Quebec, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, and the territories. As Family Day is not recognized in the federal sphere, federal employees in all provinces (such as public servants and postal workers) work on this day.
In all these places, it is a time that many look to family, traditions, heritage and community.
At the same time, in this era of cross-border communications and commerce, one cannot but wonder the role of merchants, business and travel interests in creating a sale and travel period weekend to match that of Presidents’ Day (Week) in the States.
No matter. So whatever you call the day, whenever you observe it, and hwever you do so, we wish you a good holiday.Share