Heritage Day in Canada (21/02)

Heritage Day is celebrated in Canada on the third Monday in February. In some provinces, Heritage Day is celebrated as an additional civic holiday. In Alberta, where Family Day is celebrated on the third Sunday in February, Heritage Day is celebrated on the first Monday in August, the Yukon celebrates Heritage Day on the Friday before the last Sunday in February, and Saskatchewan on February 17th.

As the name suggests, this is a day for all things Canadian National Heritage. Heritage scholars define this concept as the totality of all physical and cultural resources (which are, for example, archaeological and historical territories and objects) that have received public recognition, confirmed by national identities and political ideologies. A difficult definition, but the concept itself is not easy.

Heritage attracts public attention because it creates a sense of place, a sense of difference, uniqueness for each local community or territory. Of course, it is not limited to the study of only the recent past within the lifetime of one or two generations. Collective identity is very often based on the heritage of the remote past. Many researchers believe that heritage sites and other reminders of the past create, maintain, and enhance the cultural identities of groups of people at the local, regional, national, supranational, or even global level.

Having Heritage Day on the Canadian calendar is a reminder to people across the country to study its history in order to be justifiably proud of their heritage. While efforts are currently being made to make this holiday a national holiday, so far it is not one, which does not prevent Canadians from realizing the importance of this day and celebrating it.