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Day of Canada

01 Jul 2021  Thu

July 1 is a very important holiday for Canadians. This is Canada Day and is often regarded as Canada's birthday.

Canada Day celebrates the enactment of the British North America Act of 1867 that united three separate British colonies into a single country called Canada. This holiday was originally called Dominion Day, but it was renamed in 1982 when the Canada Act was passed. The holiday is celebrated nationwide and by Canadians living in other countries.

Annual celebrations of Canada Day take place in other countries. Since 2006 Canada Day has been held at Trafalgar Square, where Canada House is located. Since 2013 the holiday has expanded to New York City and a program of music, food and street hockey is held in Central Park.

The banknote shown above is a Dominion of Canada One Dollar banknote of 1898. The Banknote depicts on the obverse a Log driver with pike poles driving logs on a Canadian river, surrounded by the portraits of His Excellency the Rt. Hon. Earl of Aberdeen, Governor-General of Canada, and Her Excellency the Countess of Aberdeen. The reverse features the view of the centre block of the Parliament Buildings, in Ottawa.

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