Family Day 2011
Monday 21 February 2011
We all know how family means to us. It is the most important part of our life. Thus, in various countries, in honor to the family day is celebrated.
Countries Celebrate Family Day
Few countries celebrate Family Day as an official holiday. Those countries are:
Australian Capital Territory with the name of “Family & Community Day”
Different provinces of Canada:
Family Day Celebration in Australia
When is Family Day celebrated?
With the name of “Family & Community Day”, it is celebrated in Australia on the first Tuesday of November. This celebration also collides with Melbourne Cup.
When was Family Day established?
This public holiday took birth in the year 2007 under section 3(1)(b) of the Holidays Act 1953 (ACT). Again, it is expected to get the declaration in the year 2008.
Purpose of Family Day celebration
According to Mr. Andrew Barr who is the ACT Minister for Industrial Relations narrated in his speech during Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly that : “…to enable workers to take a break from their hectic working lives and to spend some quality time with their family and friends. … Australians do work the longest hours of any country in the western world. We do deserve a break.”
Family day Celebration in South Africa
In South Africa, Family day took its shape from the Easter Monday from the year 1995. It particularly came to the picture on 9th April in the year 2007.
Family day Celebration in Canada
In Canada, there is merely any existence of federally-established and officially declared Family Day. But some provinces have declared Third Monday of February as the statutory holiday for celebrating family day. This day also collides with US holiday for “Presidents Day”.
History of Family day Celebration in Alberta
Family Day was firstly celebrated in the year 1990. Alberta was the first province in Canada where the declaration of statutory holiday in the month of February took place. This statutory holiday was the resultant effort of Lieutenant Governor Helen Hunley with the fair advice of his premier, Mr. Don Getty. The fact behind Don Getty’s advice was that his son, Dale Getty caught red-handed as the victim of drug addiction and cocaine consumption. With the sheer embarrassment, Don Getty confessed that he neglected his family and this is the ugly return of it. He personally felt the importance of family in his life and thus advised the Governor to declare this Family Day. But due to personal reason, the step of Mr. Getty was not taken with good eyes. He was criticized and declaring the family day as a statutory holiday was felt as fiscal burden to the society. Along with that, the heritage day was degraded as the civic day on which employers are not required to heed attention to it under Alberta Law.
History of Family Day in Manitoba
In the month of February of the year 2007, it was said that the government of Manitoba had also proclaimed it as a February holiday. 3rd Monday during the month of February was declared as a statutory holiday which was passed by Legislative Assembly of Manitoba on 17th April in the year 2007. This day was declared as Louis Riel Day. It was after the name of a Métis leader who is also known as the Father of Manitoba and this name was suggested by Manitoba school students. Louis Riel Day was firstly celebrated on 18th February, 2008.
History of Family Day in Ontario
Family Day celebration at Ontario takes place during 3rd Monday of February. It was built as a statutory holiday on 11th October, 2007. Then in the year 2007 fall during Ontario election campaign, re-election of Premier Dalton McGuinty took place. This was firstly taken birth on 18th February, 2008. Establishment of it increased the number of public holidays to nine per year in Ontario. But as it is not declared at the Federal level, thus, all Federal employees like public servants and postal workers will have to work on this day.
History of Family Day in Saskatchewan
During the month of October in the year 2006, Premier of Saskatchewan advised for the holiday for the province. The bill for the Labor Standards Amendment Act, 2006, was initiated in the legislature on 1st November in the year, 2006, and then it acquired its Royal Assent on 6th December. This act officially proclaims that the 3rd Monday of each February as the Family Day. Fortunately, it came into force almost immediately. Family Day was firstly celebrated in Saskatchewan on 19th February, 2007.
Before Family day holiday was the
National Flag of Canada Day February 15.
At the stroke of noon on February 15, 1965, Canada’s red and white maple leaf flag was raised for the very first time.
The flag belongs to all Canadians; it is an emblem we all share.
Although simple in design, Canada’s flag well reflects the common values we hold so dear: freedom, peace, respect, justice and tolerance. Canada’s flag is a symbol that unites Canadians and expresses throughout the world and always our pride in being Canadian.
The maple leaf flag pays homage to our geography, reflects the grandeur of our history and represents our national identity.
Our flag thus honours Canadians of all origins who through their courage and determination, have helped to build and are continuing to build our great country: a dynamic country that is open to the future.
Therefore, I, Jean Chrétien, Prime Minister of Canada, declare that February 15 will be celebrated henceforth as National Flag of Canada Day.
Let us be proud of our flag! Let us recognize how privileged we are to live in Canada, this magnificent country that encompasses our history, our hopes, our future.
Happy Family Day to Those celebrating
Doug Worrall Photographer