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Canada Day commemorates the anniversary of the confederation of Canada. The day marks the unity of three British colonies – Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and the Province of Canada – to form a single dominion, known today as Canada. On this day, Canadians from all walks of life come together to honor their country's heritage, culture, and achievements. The event is celebrated with great fervor through various activities and events, including parades, fireworks, and cultural performances, highlighting the unique identity of this diverse nation.

The roots of Canada Day date back to July 1, 1867, when the British North America Act united the three colonies into one nation. The significance of this historical event extends beyond Canadian borders, as it holds a special connection with India. In 1947, inspired by Canada's successful journey to autonomy, India also adopted the path of parliamentary democracy, paving the way for both nations to form strong ties in areas of trade, investment, and cultural exchange. This shared history serves as a reminder of the mutual respect and admiration between the two countries, with Canada Day serving as an occasion to celebrate their friendship and shared values.

In India, Canada Day is celebrated with enthusiasm among the Canadian expatriate community and the numerous Indian citizens who hold a deep admiration for the North American country. The festivities include gatherings and events hosted by the Canadian High Commission and Consulate offices, where attendees showcase Canadian culture through food, music, and attire. Indian-Canadians also share their love for Canada by incorporating traditional Indian elements into the celebrations, further strengthening the bond between the two nations. Although the observance occurs on July 1st, the events in India may take place on or near that date, depending on local schedules and circumstances.

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  • Although the Dominion of Canada began with 4 provinces (Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia), it rapidly expanded in the years following Confederation. Manitoba and the Northwest Territories (NWT) joined in 1870, British Columbia in 1871, Prince Edward Island in 1873, the Arctic Islands joined the NWT in 1880, the Yukon in 1898, Alberta and Saskatchewan in 1905, and Newfoundland and Labrador in 1949. Finally, in 1999, the NWT were split in order to create the new territory of Nunavut.
  • The Fathers of Confederation are the 36 men who represented British colonies at one or more of the Charlottetown, Quebec and London Conferences, and are regarded as the framers of the Canadian Constitution, leading the country to independence.
  • Even after 1931, the British Parliament retained the power to amend Canada's constitution. It was not until the Canada Act of 1982, also known as the patriation of the constitution, that Canada finally got a fully separate legal system from Britain.
  • The Indian National Congress, led by Mahatma Gandhi, voiced support for Canada's independence movement during the early 20th century.
  • The struggle for Indian immigrants' rights in Canada eventually led to significant changes in Canadian immigration policy, including the repeal of discriminatory laws such as the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1923 and the Canadian Immigration Act of 1952.

Top things to do for Canada Day in India

  • Be sure to wear red and white and decorate yourself with as many maple leaves as possible.
  • Most communities in Canada host a fireworks show to celebrate Canada Day. The largest displays are usually in larger cities like Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver, and Montreal.
  • Canada Day is a great opportunity to explore the country's rich cultural heritage. Many of Canada's historic sites and national parks have special events to mark the holiday.
  • Make Poutine, a popular Canadian dish made with french fries, cheese curds, and topped with gravy. You can give it an Indian twist by using paneer instead of cheese curds or adding a dash of Indian spices to the gravy.
  • Look out for Canada-themed quiz or trivia nights at local pubs or bars, where people gather to test their knowledge about Canadian history, culture, and geography.

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