Heritage Days Long Weekend in Calgary

By: Mark Lukwinski

Heritage Days Long Weekend in Calgary

Tags: Heritage Days, Long weekend, YYC, Calgary

School ended at the end of June, we all blinked several times and suddenly we are here today, planning things to do on this mid-summer’s long weekend. In a few short weeks, we will be celebrating Labour Day and the kids will be back in school. It is a severe understatement to say that time flies! How has your summer been so far?

However, we are not there yet, we have a few weeks within which we can still enjoy summer! There are lots of events going in and around Alberta this weekend but many of you may not know the origins of this coveted day off that lands on Monday, August 5th this year. We snooped around the internet a bit to share some facts with you to share around the camp fire or BBQ with your nearest and dearest.

Setting aside the first Monday of every August, Heritage Days was first implemented in 1974 when the
government of Alberta wanted to do something to celebrate, commemorate and recognize all the different cultural backgrounds that made up our province. To kick things off that year, a big event was held in Edmonton’s Fort Edmonton Park, bringing together different cultures in one place. Two years later, it was moved to Edmonton’s Hawrelak Park where different cultures had the opportunity to showcase their food, entertainment, crafts, and essentially, their cultural personality. This still continues today and Edmonton is known to have one of the biggest celebratory events in the province. From there, it just grew and blossomed.

Calgary has events going on as well, as do other municipalities around the province. Check out this link for things to do in and around our awesome city.

Have a great weekend showing off your culture’s true colors! What's something from your background that you'd love to show off? Me, I grew up dancing Polish Folklore which has gifted me valuable friendships and a connecting to my culture. Also, there's the food. One can never go wrong with perogies and that's something I'd show off for sure.

Have a great long weekend!

Mark

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