National Acadian Day

National Acadian Day Quick Facts

AKA NameAcadian Day
Hashtags#Acadiens, #NationalAcadianDay, #AcadianDay
2020 DateAugust 15, 2020
2021 DateAugust 15, 2021
National Acadian Day

National Acadian Day History

National Acadian Day celebrates the origin, unique history and vibrant culture of the Acadian people of Canada. In 1605, France established the first permanent settlement in North America, located in Port Royal, Nova Scotia. As a result of the Great Upheaval from 1755 to 1763, many thousands of Acadians were forced to leave their homes and relocate elsewhere. Although many eventually returned to the Acadian region, others never returned home.

Another century passed and in 1867, Canada became a nation. Shortly there after in 1881, the first Acadian Convention declared August 15 as National Acadian Day however it would not be until 2003 that the holiday is officially proclaimed as a national observance by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

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National Acadian Day Facts & Quotes

  • Today, most Acadians live in Canada's Atlantic provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. Some remain in the Canadian province of Quebec and the US states of Maine and Louisiana.
  • The three most common surnames in Acadia are 1. LeBlanc, 2. Cormier and 3. Richard.
  • Acadians are descendants of the French colonials who established the colony of Acadia. Based on the 2011 Canadian Census, 33% of New Brunswick residents claim French as a mother tongue whereas only 4.4% of Prince Edward Island residents and 3.9% of Nova Scotia residents claimed French as a mother tongue.
  • To be Acadian is to have pardon in your heart, and to look forward with hope. - Zachary Richard - Acadian singer, songwriter

National Acadian Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Celebrate Titamarre, the largest Acadian Festival, in Caraquet, New Brunswick. During this festival, people march through the streets making noise with a variety of different noisemaking tools.
  • Try cooking some traditional Acadian dishes such as, chicken fricot (a chicken soup), rapure (a pork and potato dish) and meat pie.
  • Visit the Acadian museum in Miscouche, Prince Edward Island or the Acadian museum in Erath, Louisiana.
  • Undertake an Acadian road trip and get a feel for cartographer Samuel de Champlain's first map of Acadia.
  • Take a moment to research Acadian history and reflect upon how it has shaped Canada as a nation.

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