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Canada : complete schedule of public and bank holidays, closure of banks and stock exchanges, school vacations, trade fairs, cultural and sporting events, festivals, carnivals, election during the next 3 months

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    Sunday January 1, 2023School holidaysSchool holidays
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    Sunday January 1, 2023New Year's DaySecular holiday
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    Monday January 2, 2023Banks are closedBanks only
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    Monday January 2, 2023New Year's Day (moved forward to Monday)Secular holiday
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    Monday January 23, 2023Chinese New Yearcards/flowers
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    Thursday February 2, 2023Groundhog DayEvents, celebrations...
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    Tuesday February 14, 2023Valentine's Daycards/flowers
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    Monday February 20, 2023Heritage DayEvents, celebrations...
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    Sunday March 12, 2023Daylight Saving TimeSpecial Events
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    Friday March 17, 2023St Patrick's Daycards/flowers
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    Saturday April 1, 2023April Fools Daycards/flowers
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    Friday April 7, 2023Good FridayCatholic or protestant
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    Sunday April 9, 2023Vimy Ridge DayEvents, celebrations...
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    Monday April 10, 2023Easter Mondaycards/flowers
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    Wednesday April 12, 2023Passovercards/flowers
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    Saturday April 22, 2023End of Ramadan (may be changed to the nearest day)cards/flowers
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    Friday April 28, 2023Day of MourningEvents, celebrations...
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    Tuesday May 9, 2023National Day of Prayercards/flowers
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    Sunday May 14, 2023Mothers' Daycards/flowers
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    Monday May 22, 2023Banks are closedBanks only
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    Tuesday May 23, 2023Regional holidaySecular holiday
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    School holidays

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    Sunday January 1, 2023
    School holidays : The first day of the summer holidays for most Canadian schools is the last Saturday in June (early July), while the last day of the holiday is normally Labour Day in September.
    Students in the country enjoy two to three months of summer vacation.
    Vacation duration varies according to the province

    Dates confirmed till Sep 2023 in most provinces

    New Year's Day

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    Sunday January 1, 2023
    Secular holiday : The world's most widely celebrated holiday, New Years was set on January 1 by Julius Caesar because that was the date the Roman consuls took over their duties. Paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday

    Banks are closed

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    Monday January 2, 2023
    Banks only :

    New Year's Day (moved forward to Monday)

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    Monday January 2, 2023
    Secular holiday :

    Chinese New Year

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    Monday January 23, 2023
    cards/flowers : At New Year during the night, the Jade Emperor conveyed all animals. Only 12 showed up. To thank them, Buddha dedicated one symbolic year per visitor. Each new born would inherit the relevant animal's characteristics. NOT a public holiday

    Groundhog Day

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    Thursday February 2, 2023
    Culture : The legend goes that the groundhog is a weather-predicting animal. When the groundhog sees its shadow on a bright and clear day, six more weeks of winter are ahead.

    Valentine's Day

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    Tuesday February 14, 2023
    cards/flowers : Introduced by Pope Gelasus in 498, perhaps in response to a local Roman tradition of lovers writing their names on an urn in February

    Heritage Day

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    Monday February 20, 2023
    Culture : Established in 1973 by the Heritage Canada Foundation, to encourage the preservation and promotion of Canada's nationally significant historic, architectural, natural and scenic heritage.

    Daylight Saving Time

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    Sunday March 12, 2023
    Special Events : At 2:00 a.m. local times Except in Arizona (USA) Except in Saskatchewan (Canada)

    St Patrick's Day

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    Friday March 17, 2023
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    April Fools Day

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    Saturday April 1, 2023
    cards/flowers : As the story goes, in 1564, France was one of the first nations to make January 1 officially New Year's Day, instead of the last week of March which was previously observed. In 1582, the Pope followed suit. Those who went on celebrating April 1st were mocked. As the zodiacal sign was the fish, The French placed dead fish on the backs of one another. Traditions vary from country to country.

    Good Friday

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    Friday April 7, 2023
    Catholic or protestant : The First Council of Nicaea (a gathering of bishops in the early days of Christianity) wanted to find a day to commemorate the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ. This commemoration had to be linked to Jewish holiday traditions, since the last supper of Christ was believed to be a Jewish Passover meal. But the Jewish calendar is based on lunar and solar cycles, so the Easter celebration had to follow the same calendar.

    Vimy Ridge Day

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    Sunday April 9, 2023
    Culture : To honour and remember the Battle of Vimy Ridge which took place during the First World War at Vimy Ridge, France, in 1917. Wikipedia

    Easter Monday

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    Monday April 10, 2023
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    Passover

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    Wednesday April 12, 2023
    cards/flowers : Deliverance of the Jewish people from Egypt. The Seder service on the first two evenings recounts the story of the Exodus NOT a public holiday

    End of Ramadan (may be changed to the nearest day)

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    Saturday April 22, 2023
    cards/flowers : The month of Ramadan is that in which was revealed the Quran; a guidance for mankind, and clear proofs of the guidance, and the criterion (of right and wrong). And whosoever of you is present, let him fast the month, and whosoever of you is sick or on a journey, a number of other days. Allah desires for you ease; He desires not hardship for you; and that you should complete the period, and that you should magnify Allah for having guided you, and that perhaps you may be thankful NOT a public holiday [Wikipedia]

    Day of Mourning

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    Friday April 28, 2023
    Culture : The National Day of Mourning commemorates workers who have been injured, killed or suffer illness as a result of occupational accidents and hazards

    National Day of Prayer

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    Tuesday May 9, 2023
    cards/flowers : National Day of Honor for troops who contributed to Afghanistan mission

    Mothers' Day

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    Sunday May 14, 2023
    cards/flowers : Mother’s day has evolved in many countries in different ways. This is because mother’s day has different origins in different countries and therefore occurs on different days in the year. One school of thought claims that this day emerged from the custom of mother worship in ancient Greece. Mother worship which kept a festival to Cybele, a great mother of gods, and Rhea, the wife of Cronus, was held on March 15 to March 18 around Asia Minor. They insist that this custom spread around the world. Mothering Sunday is the celebration of motherhood in the United Kingdom. It is also known as Mid-lent Sunday, Rose Sunday and Laetare Sunday. It originally comes from the Victorian practice of allowing servants to return home to visit their mothers on this day. In the United States, Julia Ward Howe (May 27, 1819 - October 17, 1910) was a prominent American abolitionist, social activist, and poet. Howe’s Battle Hymn of the Republic was first published in the Atlantic Monthly in 1862 and quickly became one of the most popular songs for the Union during the American Civil War. After the war she focused her activities on the causes of Pacifism and women’s suffrage. In 1870 she was the first to proclaim Mother’s Day, with her Mother’s Day Proclamation. U.S. President Woodrow Wilson approved Mother’s Day in 1914

    Banks are closed

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    Monday May 22, 2023
    Banks only :

    Regional holiday

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    Tuesday May 23, 2023
    Secular holiday : In tribute to Queen Victoria's birth in 1819 - In Quebec : Patriots' Day, commemorates the 1837-1838 rebellion against British monarchy only in Alberta - British Columbia - Labrador - Manitoba - Northwest Territories - Nunavut - Ontario - Quebec - Saskatchewan - Yukon