Canada Day, the largest and uniquely Canadian holiday of the year, is a celebration of both birth and independence! And, a big country deserves a big holiday. For nearly 150 years, July 1st has been celebrated throughout all 10 Canadian provinces and by Canadians around the world. It is a national federal holiday – steeped in symbols of power and freedom in so many ways! You don’t need to be Canadian, just join ORGANO™ as we help celebrate Canada’s journey to independence, and the many amazing milestones that have occurred since the country’s birth!
Dominion Day – The Birth & Freedom of a Country:
The birthday story goes back to July 1, 1867. On July 1, 1867, the British government (under Queen Victoria) approved a plan that allowed Canada to become an independent country – with its own government. This new nation, which remained loyal to Britain, was called the Dominion of Canada. A great country was born, and the original July 1st holiday was called “Dominion Day”. At that time, the new Dominion of Canada had only four provinces (Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick). Today, there are 10 provinces and 3 territories. The independence, or freedom, part of this story dates back to July 1st, 1982 when Canada achieved full independence from the British Empire. Before 1982, many Canadians referred to July 1st informally as Canada Day, although officially it was still called Dominion Day. However, all of that changed July 1st, 1982, when it was officially declared by the government – Canada Day!
One Big Country and Two Different Languages:
Now that we have learned a little about the history of Canada, what about the beauty of this big country? Canada has a incredibly diverse, and extremely expansive, landscape. Canada is the second largest country in the world, with over 3.8 million square miles, including many areas which have yet to be fully discovered. The vast lands range from the lakes of Ontario, to the scenic coasts of British Columbia and Quebec. Canada is home to some of the greatest wilderness areas in the world including the Yukon and Northwest Territories, and extends as far north as the Arctic Circle. Canada is a country so huge and diverse, it takes two languages to contain her cultural riches. While a multitude of languages are spoken in Canada, English and French are the primary mother tongues of the country. Both English and French have official federal status throughout Canada, with respect to all government services, but all federal legislation is enacted on a bilingual basis.
The National Flag & The Mighty Maple Leaf:
Who put the Maple Leaf on the map and on the flag? Canada did – of course! The Canadian flag, with its red maple leaf centerpiece, is recognized instantly around the world. It might be surprising that this distinctive flag was adopted less than fifty years ago. However, the Maple leaf has been a distinctive symbol unique to Canada for centuries, so it was only logical that it that the mighty maple leaf would be showcased on the national flag. After all, Canada supplies more than 75% of the world’s maple syrup – how sweet is that?
What do folks do on Canada Day?
Celebrating on July 1st is a great way to kick start the summer and Canadians love to escape to the big outdoors and celebrate! That includes BBQs, picnics, music, fireworks, parades and extremely festive festivals. Of course, it also includes proudly waving the Canadian “Maple Leaf” flag. City streets will be packed with revelers from sunup to sundown – no doubt! And, the activities are as diverse as the Canadian people themselves. What will you do to celebrate Canada Day?
O Canada! Our Home and Native Land! Like ORGANO™, Canada embraces its diversity and believes that our differences make us stronger! However, can you guess the most significant commonality between OG and Canada? Well, it’s where the ORGANO™ International Headquarters calls home! And on this very special occasion, no celebration would be complete without a little OG in your cup – hot or cold – we’ve got something to help you let freedom ring, and brighten your Canadian inspired holiday one sip at a time!