February 2024 Canada Calendar: Full List of Holidays and Celebrations
Canadians will have holidays on Feb.19 for Islander Day, Louis Riel Day, Family Day and Heritage Day.
Public holidays also include Groundhog Day on Feb 2, Valentine’s Day on Feb 14 and Yukon Heritage Day (Yukon) on Feb23.
There are five national statistics holidays: New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Canada Day, Labour Day, and Christmas.
Employers in Quebec treat Easter Monday as a statutory holiday rather than Good Friday. In Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada Day is called Memorial Day.
Canada has ten paid federal holidays: New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Victoria Day, Canada Day, Labour Day, National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, Thanksgiving Day, Remembrance Day, Christmas Day, and Boxing Day.
When a statutory holiday occurs on a weekend, it is usually observed on the following Monday. However, in 2024, no stat holidays will fall on a weekend.
All Canadians, whether federal or non-federal employees, are entitled to paid time off on New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Canada Day, Labour Day, and Christmas Day. Federal employees are also entitled to the following days off with pay: Easter Monday, Victoria Day, the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation, Thanksgiving, and Boxing Day. Non-federal employers are not required to offer these days off.
If an employee is compelled to work on a statutory holiday, firms must follow pay requirements. Those who are entitled to statutory holiday pay and are required to work on a statutory holiday shall be paid at least 1.5 times their ordinary rate of pay for the period worked on that day. Managers and professionals who are compelled to work on a stat holiday are entitled to their usual rate of pay, but they must also be paid for the additional holiday.
If a company does not compute wages on a daily, hourly, or time basis, they must pay the employee the average of their wages earned during the 20 days preceding the stat holiday, omitting any overtime compensation. In addition to the holiday compensation, the employer must pay the ordinary rate of wages on that day.
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Black History Month
World Interfaith Harmony Week
Black History Month, also known as African American History Month, begins on February 1st and continues through the month.
Black History Month honors African Americans’ long-standing achievements and contributions. It began about 100 years ago and lasted one week. It gradually expanded into a month-long celebration of black culture’s global significance.
Carter G. Woodson, an African American Studies student and historian, founded Black History Month, which was previously known as Negro History Week.
It all started in 1926, when Carter G. Woodson received his Ph.D. from Harvard. He was an African American historian who founded black history week, formerly known as Negro History Week, to shed focus on the lives, achievements, and contributions of Black Americans and to openly represent them in White society.
Under President Gerald Ford’s administration, Negro History Week expanded into a month-long celebration in 1976. Carter G. Woodson picked February to pay honor to President Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, who were both born in the same month.
Groundhog Day 2024
National Wear Red Day
National Tater Tot Day
Many Canadians commemorate Groundhog’s Day. Some Christian churches celebrate Candlemas on this day, while others use Groundhog Day to remove their Christmas decorations.
Groundhog Day is becoming more and more popular in Canada. Every year on February 2, there is a festival in Wiarton, Bruce County, Ontario, where the town groundhog, Wiarton Willie, makes his “prediction” early
National Golden Retriever Day
World Cancer Day
International Day of Human Fraternity
Rosa Parks Day
Thank Your Mailman Day
National Thank A Mail Carrier Day
National Weatherperson’s Day
World Nutella Day
International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation
National Chopsticks Day
National Signing Day
Safer Internet Day
National Send a Card to a Friend Day
National Fettuccine Alfredo Day
National Boy Scout Day
National Toothache Day
National Pizza Day
World Pulses Day
Lunar New Year
Even though the Lunar New Year comes on Saturday, February 10, 2024, it is a work day. In Canada, most businesses maintain regular hours of operation.
Many Canadians celebrate Lunar New Year as a lively and celebratory celebration. This event can last several days and typically involves street parades and festivals with dancing, traditional Lunar costumes, fireworks displays, food stalls, and arts and crafts.
Many Chinese Canadian families spend time together delivering gifts, especially red envelopes containing money (Hong Bao, Ang Pao, or Lai See), which are traditionally presented to youngsters. Some Canadian organizations have also celebrated Lunar New Year with various programs over the years. In the past, Canada Post has issued special stamps to celebrate the Lunar New Year. The Royal Canadian Mint has previously celebrated Lunar New Year with a new set of coins.
National Inventors’ Day
International Day of Women and Girls in Science
International Epilepsy Day
Paczki Day 2024 (Shrove Tuesday, Fat Tuesday)
World Radio Day
It is a popular Polish tradition observed just before Ash Wednesday, also known as Fat Tuesday or Shrove Tuesday.
Paczki Day is a day when people can enjoy these wonderful pastries before the Lenten fasting period begins.
Schools and businesses remain open because it is not an official holiday in America. Paczki Day is a fun and celebratory holiday, particularly in areas with a Polish heritage.
Local bakers are in the center of the action, producing vast quantities of paczki in a variety of flavors several weeks before the big event.
On Paczki Day, people line up at bakeries to get their hands on these scrumptious pastries, which are available in raspberry, custard, prune, and rose hip tastes.
Some bakeries and restaurants even provide unique paczki flavors, giving a special touch to this event.
International Book Giving Day
On Valentine’s Day, many individuals exchange gifts with their loved ones. Common gifts are:
Flowers, especially red roses.
Chocolate and/or candies.
Clothing, including lingerie.
Singles Awareness Day
International Childhood Cancer Day
World Anthropology Day
Canada’s Agriculture Day
During this season, we are continuously assaulted with advertisements, merchandise, and messages about love and relationships, and single individuals may be made to feel unhappy or inferior.
This is why there has been such a backlash, and Singles Awareness Day was established as an anti-Valentine’s Day celebration.
Random Acts of Kindness Day
Family Day HOLIDAY
National Love Your Pet Day
World Day of Social Justice
Pet owners consider their animals to be more than just pets; they are also best companions and family. The link between pets and humans is one of the strongest on the earth.
Pets love us unconditionally, so let us reciprocate today.
National Love Your Pet Day celebrates all pets, whether they are dogs, cats, fish, reptiles, birds, or rodents.
This day should not be confused with National Pet Day, which occurs on April 11.
International Mother Language Day
National Sticky Bun Day
World Thinking Day
National Chili Day 2024
National Human Trafficking Awareness Day
Every year on the fourth Thursday of February, National Chili Day celebrates the ideal winter comfort meal.
The spicy dish, also known as chili con carne, includes minced meat, beans, chili peppers, tomatoes, garlic, and onion. Everyone has their own adaptations and ingredients for this classic comfort food in America.
There are often city and state-wide competitions to choose the best chili recipe.
Chili is the ideal homemade dinner for bringing families and friends together, so gather to celebrate National Chili Day and receive a warm feeling in your belly.
National Banana Bread Day
National Aviation Day
National Pistachio Day
National Pokemon Day
World Spay Day
World Non-governmental Organization Day
Whether you’re a Pokemon fan or not, we can all agree that Pokemon played an important role in our childhoods.
You can commemorate National Pokemon Day by playing the game or watching the anime to remember about old times.
On this day, Nintendo conducts a variety of exciting events, both online and offline. You can participate to receive new lucrative discounts, in-game apparel, battle with friends, and other benefits.
Plan a fantastic Pokemon-themed party. Cosplay as your favorite character, serve Pokemon food, play games, do trivia, and watch movies together.
If you are a creative person or want to do something artistic, you can spend your time creating Pokemon artwork.
Rare Disease Day
Pink Shirt Day
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