Heritage Day is celebrated in Alberta on the first Monday of August every year to recognize and praise the variety and wealth of the cultural legacy of the region of Alberta. Heritage Day 2020 falls on August 3.
Even though it’s not a statutory holiday, and businesses can pick whether to perceive the day as a general holiday, numerous Albertans use this day as an optional holiday to praise the province’s heritage.
What is Heritage Day in Alberta?
Heritage Day is a public holiday in Alberta, Canada, which falls yearly on the first Monday of August. Canadians in Alberta constantly advantage from the long end of the week by participating in assorted exercises, for example, spending time with loved ones, camping, and hiking. On that day, the Fort Calgary museum is a significant touristic destination; for it observes Heritage Day by leading various activities, most eminently, treasure hunts and genealogy presentations.
Also, Heritage Day likewise hosts a noticeable event, the Servus Heritage Festival, which is a three-day festival remembering Alberta’s multicultural legacy. The celebration has been seeing a consistent increment in participation since its start, with over 400,000 individuals going to in 2006.
Alberta Heritage Day History
In 1974, the Legislative Assembly of Alberta made the first Monday in August an official provincial holiday to perceive and commend the differed social legacy of Albertans, known as Heritage Day bypassing the Heritage Act of 1974.
With the presentation of Family Day in 1990, Heritage Day was downsized from a statutory holiday to an optional civic holiday.
Alberta is named after Princess Louise Caroline Alberta, a fourth daughter of Queen Victoria. Princess Louise was married to John Campbell, Marquess of Lorne, and a Governor-General of Canada.
Even though it ought to be noticed Alberta’s social legacy doesn’t start and end with British princesses and Heritage Day is planned to commend the province’s heritage directly from the indigenous people groups through to the modern-day diversity that advances the everyday life in Alberta.
Heritage Day has ended up being a motivation for events, for example, the Edmonton Heritage Festival and the Crowsnest Pass Doors Open and Heritage Festival; well-known celebrations that happen in Alberta over the Heritage Day weekend, featuring local culture and traditions.
Nova Scotia additionally celebrates a Heritage Day, however, that happens on the third Monday in February.