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Canadian Holidays – Chapter One

Happy Thanksgiving Day, Canada.

Long before our upcoming move to Malaysia was ever born, we lived in Western Canada, making one of us an expat. Being an American in Canada was often more confusing than I’d imagined, at least for the first full year.


Traffic in K-Country, located 45 minutes from Western Calgary.

Familiarizing myself with the strange traditions of Canada took top priority as my first Columbus Day rolled around and they gave me the day off for something called “Holiday Monday”. Unlike parades and historical references, they served a turkey dinner. Huh? Moving to Calgary in 2001 presented a whole new world of strange customs, funny words and family gatherings at bizarre times. Lesson One: Canadians refer to three days off from work as “Long Weekend”, regardless of what holiday falls on Monday. Continue reading