In most of Canada, this is a long-weekend. While some provinces mark the statutory holiday as Family Day; others also have holiday on the same day but do not call it family day. The Family Day is only observed in New Brunswick, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan and in British Columbia.
In other provinces such as the Prince Edward Island (PEI), it is Islander Day and in Manitoba the 3rd Monday in February is the Louis Riel Day holiday. In Nova Scotia this day is called Heritage Day. British Columbia (BC) Family Day is celebrated on the second Monday in February each year.
Family Day was originally created to help celebrate “the importance of families and family life to people and their communities.” It allows people to spend the day with their families. Family Day, however, is not a federal holiday.
Family Day is another day for you to enjoy the love and warmth of your family whether that means staying at home or going outside. If you find yourself in public as you mark this day, ensure you wear your masks and take care of one another. Make your own tradition to enjoy the Family Day in your unique ways.
Family Day was started in Alberta by Helen Hunley — the 12th Lieutenant Governor of Alberta and the first woman to serve in that post. She passed the Family Day Act in 1990, establishing the third Monday of every February as Alberta Family Day. Other Provinces adopted it over the next two decades.
Since the tradition is fairly new, there are no particular prescribed customs around it. It is another day for you to enjoy the love and warmth of your family whether that means staying at home or going outside. In these trying times of COVID-19 all of us are spending time with our family members. However, we know that home-schooling and working from home might have taken a toll on that quality time.
So this Family Day, make your own tradition to enjoy the Family Day in your unique ways. If you find yourself in public as you mark this day, ensure you wear your masks and take care of one another.