Heritage Day (Heritage Day) is celebrated in Canada in the third Monday in February. In some provinces, Heritage Day is celebrated as an additional civil holiday. In Alberta, where the third Sunday of February busy celebrating Family Day, Heritage Day is celebrated on the first Monday in August, the Yukon celebrates Heritage Day on Friday before the last Sunday of February, and Saskatchewan — on February 17.
As the name implies, it is a day of what is included in the Canadian national heritage. Experts in the study of heritage define it as a set of all natural and cultural resources (such as are, for example, archaeological and historical areas and sites) that have received public recognition, confirmed by national identities and political ideologies. Complex definition, but in fact, the very concept difficult.
Heritage attracts public attention because it creates a sense of place, a sense of the differences that are unique to each community or area. Of course, it is not confined only to the study of the recent past within the lifetime of one or two generations. Collective identity is very often based on the legacy of the remote past. Many researchers believe that the heritage sites and other reminders of the past, create, maintain and enhance the cultural identity of groups of people at the local, regional, national, sub-national or even global level.
Banff Park — Canada's oldest national park (Photo: LaiQuocAnh, Shutterstock) The memory of the past, the heritage — this is a very significant part in the consciousness of every human being as a grain of their nation. Well put it this Canadian researcher K. Cameron, who wrote of the national heritage, "Canadian historical sites embody the spirit of the nation. They are the fabric that binds us together as Canadians. Our relationship with the historic sites help us to identify who we are. They are as essential to our identity, our sense of loyalty and a sense of their country, as well as the maple leaf, the broad expanse of prairie and Rocky Mountains. They involve physical contact with the past, which improves our understanding of where we have been ...».
Presence in the Canadian calendar Heritage Day — a reminder to people across the country about the need to study its history, according to law proud of their heritage. Although at the present time and attempts to make this a national holiday, yet it is not such that it does not interfere with Canadians understand the importance of this day and celebrate it.