Holiday Traditions of Sending Gifts to Canada
between March 22 and April 25
Canada is the second largest country in the world, and it's well known for its remarkable landscapes and unique culture. Even though the Canadians are well known for their kindness and generosity, those who are not familiar with their various customs and traditions may come face to face with trouble when sending their greetings or trying to establish good relations with Canadians.
Like the U.S., Canada represents a great range of nationalities each with their own tastes and cuisines. Therefore, the first great gift idea to send to Canada is a gourmet basket. Filled with anything from fast food to refined French dainties, depending on the preferences of your recipient, the gourmet gift to Canada is always welcome on birthdays, family gatherings, and such holidays and events as New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving Day, Canada Day, Boxing Day, or Christmas. For a health conscience recipient there's nothing more suitable than a fruit basket bursting with vitamins. When sending this kind of gift you will prove yourself to be an attentive and thoughtful person.
A wine gift basket or champagne gift basket is a great addition to a holiday party as well as a wonderful choice for personal gift, business gift, or a gift for men to say 'thank you,' or 'congratulations;' they're also a great way to celebrate Father's Day, Christmas, or a birthday. A good alternative to a wine gift is a Tea or Coffee gift basket at a festive table that will include both children and adults.
If you want to pamper children on Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving, Halloween, and birthdays, a bright and colorfully decorated chocolate basket to Canada supplemented with a cute teddy bear is something every child is dreaming of. You can also easily turn your chocolate gift into a romantic one meant for women on Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, her wedding day, or birthday; just add a bunch of beautiful flowers or flower basket. By the way, red roses are perfect for romantic gifts to Canada and for expressing your love and devotion. On the other hand, white lilies or chrysanthemums are taboo, since they are associated with grief and sorrow.
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Most Celebrated National Holidays
September 1st Monday - Labor Day
(La fete du travail)
Originally, Labour Day in Canada was an occasion to celebrate workers' rights during parades organized by trade unions. Nowadays this holiday is, first of all, an opportunity to take late summer vacation, spend time in the countryside, or have picnics or other outdoor activities with family and friends. For students, the Labour Day weekend is the last chance to have a party before the new academic year.
October 2nd Monday - Thanksgiving
(L'Action de grace)
Thanksgiving Day in Canada is a chance for people to give their thanks for a good harvest and other fortunes during the previous year. Many people have a day off work and either visit family and friends or make a dinner at home. The traditional Thanksgiving Day meal includes roast turkey, pumpkin, corn ears, and pecan nuts. Thanksgiving weekend is also a popular time to take a short autumn vacation before winter starts. Other favorite activities include: hiking, fishing, and watching the Thanksgiving Day Classic football matches.
October 31 - Halloween
Halloween is a holiday celebrated annually in Canada on October 31. Some people hold Halloween parties on or around this date, at which the hosts and guests often dress up as skeletons, ghosts, super heroes, or other scary or comical figures. Many parties are aimed at children, although some have a distinctly adult nature. In some areas, children go trick-or-treating. They dress up in costumes and go to other peoples' houses where they knock on the door and demand a 'treat' - usually sweets or a snack. They threaten that if they do not get a treat, they will carry out a trick on the inhabitant of the house, but do not normally make good on the threat (even if a household has run out of candy).
November 11 - Remembrance Day
(Le jour du Souvenir)
Remembrance Day in Canada commemorates the sacrifices of people in all wars and armed conflicts. On and before Remembrance Day many Canadians wear red poppies on their clothes that symbolize the memory of those who died. Special church services and two minutes of silence are held on this day.
December 25 - Christmas Day
Canada is a multinational country, so Christmas in Canada is a conglomerate of cultures and traditions from all over the world. Nevertheless, midnight mass, Christmas trees, lavish meals, and festive celebrations with music, dancing, and the exchange of Christmas gifts are integral parts of Christmas in Canada.
December 26 - Boxing Day
(Le lendemain de Noel)
Boxing Day in Canada is a time to recover from the excesses of Christmas day and an opportunity to stay with relatives and friends. While some people spend time at home, others queue in large stores for the biggest sale of the year that starts on this day. Boxing Day in Canada is also an important day for sports events and watching them on television (especially hockey) is a popular activity.
January 1 - New Year's
(Jour de l'an)
New Year's in Canada is celebrated on January 1st according to the Gregorian calendar. It is the biggest night of the year, celebrated either at home with family and friends or at a bar or club having fun or watching football. Midnight parties, drinking bashes, brilliant fireworks, music, dancing, sizzling food, and, of course, New Year's gifts are the important parts of New Year's festivities in Canada.
February 14 - Valentine's Day
Valentine's Day is a festival that celebrates love between both lovers and individuals. People wish 'Happy Valentine's Day' to close relations, relatives, friends or any other people dear to them. Though there are plenty of traditions associated with the holiday, the most widespread way of celebrating Valentine's Day in Canada is by expressing love and appreciation to loved ones with an exchange of traditional Valentine's gifts, such as flowers (especially red roses), heart-shaped chocolates, and cards.
between March 22 and April 25 - Easter Monday
(Lundi de Paques)
Easter Monday in Canada is the day after Easter Sunday, which commemorates Jesus Christ's resurrection, according to the Christian faith. Easter Monday is a day off work and the last day of a four-day weekend. People who have been on a short vacation or who have visited their family or friends often come back home on this day. It is a chance for many Canadians to eat their Easter eggs, relax, and enjoy good weather outdoors.
May 2nd Sunday - Mother's Day
Mother's Day is an annual holiday that recognizes mothers, motherhood, and maternal bonds in general, as well the positive contributions that women make to society. For millions of mothers across the world and also in Canada, it is time for breakfast in bed, family gatherings, gifts, bouquets of flowers, and crayon scribbled I-Love-Yous.
Monday preceding May 25 - Victoria Day
(La fete de la Reine)
Victoria Day in Canada celebrates the birthday of the reigning Canadian monarch; with the date fixed on the birthday of Queen Victoria (May 24). Victoria Day is a part of a long weekend, often called the Victoria Day Weekend, the May Long Weekend, or the May Two-Four. Fireworks displays and parades are often held to mark Victoria Day. For many Canadians, the holiday means the end of the cold winter season and the beginning of the warm spring time.
June 3d Sunday - Father's Day
Father's Day in Canada is a day to honor fathers for everything they have done for their children. Canadians take this opportunity to express gratitude to their fathers by telling them how much they are loved and appreciated. Generally, children present their fathers with a bouquet of flowers, chocolates, greeting cards, or gift baskets. Nowadays, people in Canada also celebrate this occasion with their grandfathers, fathers-in-law, uncles, stepfathers, and other men who are caring and protective in their lives.
July 1 - Canada Day
(La fete du Canada)
Canada Day commemorates Canada's 1867 Confederation and establishment of dominion status. The celebrations organized by the government outdoors often have a patriotic mood. They include traditional food, parades, concerts, carnivals, firework displays, and many festive activities.