On July 1, 2017 Canada celebrates 250 years as a nation. I've been reading a bit about it and that is the easiest way to explain it. As with everything political there are differing opinions about exactly what it is and whether it is a good thing or a bad thing. Basically, Canada Day is a celebration of being Canadian.
I learned the word "sesquicentennial" this year which is celebrating 150 years of something. I think I had heard the term before but this is the first time it really sunk in to my brain-housing-group.
I was born in Montreal and lived there for the centennial which is celebrating 100 years of something. That was in 1967. It was the year of the Expo in Montreal. I still have the license plate of the car that took us to California in November of that year. I guess you could say that we celebrated the centennial by leaving Canada.
Though the celebration has been going on for some time I paid it little attention. So what has modified my thinking. First, recently we had a family reunion at my brother's house in Maine. Just over 70 Attenboroughs came to that celebration (no year attached). Except for a couple of folks, I think they were all Canadian. Second, just got my brand spanking new Canadian passport. I suppose I am reconnecting with my Canadian-ness a little bit.
July 1st is Canada Day and in a couple of days it will be the fourth of July (Independence Day). I am very glad to be a part of the history of both countries. I celebrate my Canadian relatives and my American relatives. I also celebrate my Canadian-ness and my American-ness. I just like it that way.
Glad to be a part of it all.