Happy 150th Canada Day!

It's my second Canada Day and Canada is turned 150 years young.

Why do we celebrate Canada Day?


My brother and I were discussing last Thursday (while watching the Canadian Football League game between Ottawa and Calgary) what's the equivalent of Canada Day in the Philippines. I told him it's the Philippines Independence Day. How come we don't celebrate it back there?

As migrants to Canada, how come we (our family) feel this joy and excitement as we look forward to celebrating Canada Day? How come we don't feel the same way back in Philippines? Is this about patriotism? Does this mean we hate the Philippines?


On top of head, the only difference I could think of is the way each country celebrates the day. Back in Philippines, there's no fanfare, no parade, no celebration as if indirectly telling Filipinos that this day is just any ordinary day and we're not celebrating anything. Not only that, in the news, you will learn and hear about people protesting against the government on the day that you're supposed to be celebrating your freedom from foreign rule! This is the exact opposite in Canada. Every city has their own celebration. Almost all major brands have a Canada Day commercial. Overall, it's just really exciting!

Our family celebrates Canada Day because we will always be grateful to Canada for welcoming us and giving us the opportunity to have better life.

How did we celebrate Canada Day?

Because we live in Richmond, of course, we went to Steveston to celebrate not just Canada Day but also the 72nd Salmon Festival!


It was a sunny day. We parked all the way at R.A. McMath Secondary School and walked going to the center of activities. The parade went well, though, at around 10:30AM it became scorching hot. After the parade, my parents had salmon while I enjoyed a serving of poutine.

It's a great family bonding day.
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