Read about the origin, history and celebration of New Year (Jour Des Étrennes) in Canada.
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New Year in Canada

Origin and History of New Year in Canada

New Years Eve is enjoyed with a blend of sunny spirit and jovial alacrity by millions across the world. New Year is celebrated on the first day (i.e. 1st January) according to the modern Gregorian calendar. It is a statutory holiday throughout Canada. In case the New Year Day falls on Sunday, the next working is considered as a legal holiday. New Year has been celebrated in the darkest part of winter, since pre-Christian times. During this era many inhabitants of Europe were converted to Christianity. When European settlers entered Canada, they also brought these customs and beliefs. Hence, the celebrations have evolved into events till date. Majority of New Year festivals celebrated in Canada are observed to bring good luck and fortune to the family for the following year. Canada's winter landscape, maple leaf, winter sports, champagne bottles, and some New Year fireworks are a few traditional symbols associated with Canada.

Local name: Jour Des Étrennes

Ways to celeberate Jour Des Étrennes in Canada

New Year Day is celebrated with jovial enthusiasm by the people of Canada. They explore the best possibilities of enjoying and celebrating the occasion. All government offices, private organizations, schools and colleges remain closed on this day. People visit churches and offer prayers to the Almighty to mark the beginning of a prosperous and happy New Year. The day is renowned for midnight parties, drinking bashes, brilliant fireworks and a wide variety of delicacies. The people also host re-union dinners for their friends and relatives. Consuming a bowl of black-eyed pea soup along with a drink during the New Year celebration is cherished by many locals in Canada.