Family Day in British Columbia

PHOTO - RICK ERNST / THE PROVINCE A family enjoys food at Queen Elizabeth Park. It was a sunny day.

PHOTO – RICK ERNST / THE PROVINCE
A family enjoys food at Queen Elizabeth Park. It was a sunny day.

Adapted from The Province by Patty Bossort

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The first Family Day holiday in BC was in 2013.

Family Day in BC is on the second Monday of February.

Other provinces have their holiday on the third Monday of February.

Change the day?

A lot of people want BC to change the day.

They want BC Family Day to be on the third Monday of February.

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The Westcoast Reader at the Vancouver Christmas Market

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A giant Nutcracker mannequin
Photo credit: Ana-Maria Gheorghiu

The Westcoast Reader was at the Vancouver Christmas Market.

The Market is a German-style event.
In Germany, Christmas markets are
a tradition of over 700 years.

Thousands of visitors come every year
to see the attraction.

At the Market, you can find delicious German foods,
handmade Christmas ornaments and wooden toys.

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Happy Hanukkah from the Westcoast Reader team!

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Children watching a Hanukkah menorah
Photo credit: Elana Amsterdam (elana’s pantry – Flickr)

Today is the first night of Hanukkah,
the Jewish holiday also known as the Festival of Lights.
Hanukkah lasts for eight days and eight nights.
A well-known symbol of Hanukkah is the menorah,
a nine-branch candle holder.

If you want to learn more about this holiday
or teach about it in class, click here
to find an extensive teacher’s guide with stories,
images, lesson plans and activities.

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Happy Hanukkah!