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Nova Scotians on Bonfire Night (2019) — Nov 5, 2019

Nova Scotians on Bonfire Night (2019)

Nova Scotian Bonfire Night
Nova Scotian Bonfire Night

Bring out the fireworks and sparklers – it’s Bonfire Night again! πŸŽ†πŸŽ‡

In case you didn’t know, Bonfire Night – AKA Guy Fawkes Night – is an annual celebration held every 5th of November in the United Kingdom and some other Commonwealth territories. It commemorates the day Guy Fawkes and his gang of conspirators failed to bomb the Houses of Parliament in London in 1605, in an attempt to assassinate King James I of England. (I go into more detail on the origins of Bonfire Night in this post.)

With Canada being part of the Commonwealth, a leftover from the days of the British Empire, I was surprised to see that – with the exception of Newfoundland – Bonfire Night is almost relatively unknown across the Atlantic. While it’s not really about them or their parliament, I had wrongly assumed that it was a shared celebration across the Commonwealth, as they are all tied to Britain.

But geography doesn’t really matter, as some of the cast of A Nova Scotian Way of Life (ANSWOL) have come together for a fireworks show of their own. The fireworks were drawn with glitter pens, giving the impression that they’re “popping” out of the night sky. Westville and Parrsboro even have sparklers sizzling away while the bonfire burns bright. This is also Truro and Yarmouth’s first Bonfire Night as a married couple (it feels like it was their wedding just yesterday!)

If you’re having a bonfire or a fireworks display of your own, or are going to a public one, safety is always important. Why not see these safety tips?

http://www.bonfire-night-safety.co.uk/

Remember, remember the 5th of November – and to protect and enjoy yourself!

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Nova Scotians in Halloween Costumes (2019) — Oct 31, 2019

Nova Scotians in Halloween Costumes (2019)

Nova Scotians in Halloween Costumes
Nova Scotians in Halloween Costumes

It’s that time of the year again! The whole cast of A Nova Scotian Way of Life (ANSWOL) is getting into the spooky mood with their Halloween costumes.

Everyone wears a costume that has something to do with their hometown, with the exception of a few who are just wearing ordinary clothes because I either couldn’t think up a costume for them, or they don’t celebrate Halloween for whatever reason. (Maybe it’s too scary for them?)

If you’re familiar with Nova Scotia, or live there, some of the costumes will be pretty obvious to you. For example, Lunenburg is the Bluenose II, a famous sailing boat built as a replica of the original Bluenose, which was a several-time winner of the America’s Cup in the 1920s and 30s. Oak Island is a pirate, owing to an everlasting legend that a secret stash of pirate treasure has been buried there, on which a popular reality TV series is now based. Berwick and Oxford are an apple and a blueberry respectively, owing to their hometowns’ natural abundance of these fruits. (Berwick’s apple costume even has some worms wriggling through it for extra spookiness!) Others are just for fun, like Hantsport and Stewiacke’s wizard and devil costumes, James River’s beaver costume (because his last name is Beaverton), and Pugwash as Captain Pugwash (get it?) 🀣

If you don’t celebrate Halloween, just have a great day. If you do, though, have a Happy Halloween, and may it be filled with lots of treats, not tricks!

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Happy Halloween 2019
Happy Halloween 2019
Canadian Thanksgiving 2019 — Oct 14, 2019

Canadian Thanksgiving 2019

Happy Thanksgiving! Why am I saying Thanksgiving this early? Because I’m talking about Canadian Thanksgiving! πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦πŸπŸ¦ƒ

Nova Scotian Thanksgiving Feast
Nova Scotian Thanksgiving Feast

While it’s often thought of as the quintessential American autumnal celebration, Thanksgiving in Canada actually predates the arrival of the pilgrims to America by about half a century. It’s said that Martin Frobisher first observed the celebration on his 1578 voyage to the famed Northwest Passage, the gateway to Asia from Europe. His celebration was soon copied by French colonists and Americans who remained loyal to Britain, who brought over turkey and pumpkins from down south, making Thanksgiving the occasion it is today. Canadian Thanksgiving is observed a month before its southern cousin, every second Monday in October.

Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian readers and followers, and take pride in the fact you celebrate Thanksgiving first! πŸ˜‰πŸ˜„

Independence Day 2019 — Jul 4, 2019
Canada Day 2019 — Jul 1, 2019

Canada Day 2019

Today marks 152 years since Canada was born – on July 1, 1867. Originally called Dominion Day, Canada’s birthday was renamed Canada Day in 1982, after the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (Constitution) was ratified, essentially granting Canada independence from Britain. (They are of course still part of the Commonwealth, a leftover from the days of the Empire, which means they have the Queen of England as their monarch – you can see her head on the back of Canadian coins. πŸ’·)

Happy Canada Day to all of you, be you Canadian or even wishing to be Canadian!

(I know I am!)

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Canada Day 2019
Canada Day 2019
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