Canada’s traditions are a unique amalgamation of several cultures. This list of five of the country’s unique traditions might be interesting to you.
Canada has its own Thanksgiving tradition, slightly different from America. Turkey and pumpkin pie are still both central dishes of Thanksgiving meals in Canada. However, this day is always the second Monday in October, and it is a statutory holiday nationwide, except in the Atlantic provinces.
Thanksgiving was held on different days and for various reasons until January 31, 1957, when the Canadian Parliament declared: A feast of thanking God for the bumper crop that Canada had blessed on the second Monday in October.
2. French traditions
Quebec has a few unique traditions. For example, in spoken French, Quebec locals often use the official pronoun “vous” when speaking to new people. They don’t switch to the more casual “tu” unless invited. It is also popular for people to greet each other with a kiss on the cheek (left and right) while shaking hands is traditional in the rest of Canada. Finally, when attending dinner parties, purchasing high-quality wine and sending flowers in advance are both common occurrences.
3. New shoes on budget day
This tradition is an unusual tradition involving the Canadian Finance Minister and is now the provincial finance minister, bringing new shoes to provide new budgets. Its origins can be traced back to 1960 when Donald M. Fleming followed the routine after the media described it as a tradition.
But in 1966, when Mitchell Sharp wore new shoes on the budget day, he knew there was no tradition behind it. However, the custom has continued to this day. In 2016 and 2017, Finance Minister Bill Morneau brought new black lace shoes for both of his deliveries, each done by different Canadian designers.
4. Calgary Stampede
The best outdoor show on Earth, instantly on the street, an annual rally takes place in July every year in Calgary, Alberta. Stampede’s core goal is to preserve and honor the heritage, culture, and community spirit of the West. Stampede is one of Canada’s largest traditions because more than a million people from all over the world visit every year.
5. New Year’s Levee
According to European tradition, Canada is currently the only country participating in the New Year’s Levee. The tradition began in Canada in the 1600s. It is an event organized by each lieutenant governor and governor to mark the start of a new year and allow citizens to be respected.
For example, in Edmonton, residents can visit the Government House, enjoy refreshments, and send postcards to Canadian troops serving overseas. It is also a tradition in Canadian forces’ offices and headquarters, where officials receive and welcome guests in the new year.