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Celebrating Canada : Holidays, National Days, and the Crafting of Identities (Vol 1) (Hardcover)
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Holidays are a key to helping us understand the transformation of national, regional, community and ethnic identities. In Celebrating Canada, Matthew Hayday and Raymond Blake situate Canada in an international context as they examine the history and evolution of our national andprovincial holidays and annual celebrations.
The contributorstothis volume examine such holidays as Dominion Day, Victoria Day, Quebec’sFêteNationaleand CanadianThanksgiving, among many others. They also examine how Canadians celebrate the national days ofothercountries (like the Fourth of July) and how Dominion Day was observed in the United Kingdom. Drawing heavily on primary source research, and theories of nationalism, identities and invented traditions, theessaysinthiscollectiondeepen our understanding of how these holidays have influenced the evolutionof Canadian identities.