There are several reasons for International students and skilled workers to choose Canada as their next milestone. Not only the land of maple promises a high quality of life but also endless opportunities and academic excellence, in other words Canada offers international students the very best of both the worlds. Whether you choose to study in one of Canada’s large, vibrant cities or settle on a small campus in a warm, welcoming community, your experience will be one that will shape your life. It may lead to a career and a future in Canada, or better career prospects at home. At the very least, it will give you access to Canada’s multicultural diversity, clean environment and incredible quality of life.

That brings us to today’s blog post on Canada’s rich cultural heritage. One of the most significant reasons for International students to choose Canada over any other option is the country’s multicultural diversity. The culture of Canada embodies the artistic, literary, humour, musical, political and social elements that are representative of Canada and Canadians. Which makes it extremely important for new immigrants and students to learn about Canada’s culture when planning to move to this beautiful land. In today’s blog post we discuss the significance of one of the most important days in Canada’s calendar.

Remembrance day, also known as Poppy Day owing to the tradition of the remembrance poppy, is a memorial day observed in Commonwealth member states since the end of the First World War to remember the members of their armed forces who have died in the line of duty. Here are five quick facts on Remembrance Day and how this important day is celebrated across Canada:

  1. Remembrance Day was first observed in 1919 throughout the British Commonwealth. It was originally called “Armistice Day” to commemorate armistice agreement that ended the First World War on Monday, November 11, 1918, at 11 a.m.—on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.
  2. Every year on November 11, Canadians pause in a moment of silence to honour and remember the men and women who have served, and continue to serve Canada during times of war, conflict and peace. We remember the more than 2,300,000 Canadians who have served throughout our nation’s history and the more than 118,000 who made the ultimate sacrifice.
  3. The poppy is the symbol of Remembrance Day. Replica poppies are sold by the Royal Canadian Legion to provide assistance to Veterans.
  4. Remembrance Day is a federal statutory holiday in Canada. It is also a statutory holiday in three territories (Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut) and in six provinces (British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador).
  5. The national ceremony is held at the National War Memorial in Ottawa. The Governor General of Canada presides over the ceremony. It is also attended by the Prime Minister, other government officials, representatives of Veterans’ organizations, diplomatic representatives, other dignitaries, Veterans as well as the general public.

Source: Veterans Affairs Canada


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