Friday, June 30, 2006

Happy Canada Day!!!

139 years ago today, roughly about the time the Tokugawa Shogunate's hold over Japan fell to the Meiji Restoration with the return of the Emperor, a large swath of North America was consolidated into the Dominion of Canada by the British. Canada was born.

I've been lucky enough to have grown up in the Nation's Capital of Ottawa, and have enjoyed years of celebrations on and around Parliament Hill. Hundreds of thousands of people march on the hill to attend the concerts and check out the fireworks... What a blast it is!

Us Cannucks don't seem to be too patriotic for most of the year, but around Canada day, our pride for the country comes out. Faces are painted, flags are attached to cars, red and white is worn and of course the beer flows freely as the biggest event of the year hits Ottawa. For the second (and final) time, I will be teaching on Canada Day, with no real plans to partake in any celebrations. Anyone reading this in Canada, have a blast, have a beer or three for me... and remember how lucky we are to be Canadians.

Happy Birthday Canada!

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Blogger jennifer said...

Great pics and great writing! Happy Canada Day!

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