Today is September 7th, 2009. In Canada, we celebrate Labour Day. Coincidentally, in Brazil is also a holiday but, every September 7th, we celebrate our Independence Day. So, we have 2 holidays in two different countries – each one with a different celebration. However, today in Toronto marks the first time that we, Brazilians, celebrated our Independence Day in Canada with a big party at Yonge Dundas Square.
I couldn’t resist and went to Yonge Dundas Square to see the celebration. I haven’t seen so many Brazilians at the same time, wearing our jerseys, hats, bandannas, everything that we could think of our country. During the celebration, we sang our anthem, we danced, we laughed, we had fun – in another country. We’re not in Brazil, but in Canada. What I wanted to tell you this is how diverse Canada is, and how Canadians really appreciate our efforts, of being an immigrant in a different country who gave us the chance to do something, to be part of this culture, to respect its values, its culture, and most important – to respect people.
I just mentioned Brazil because that’s the country I was born – but it really doesn’t matter where you’re from – in Canada, we celebrate our values, our culture and everybody give us a chance to demonstrate who we are, and what we do. Just think about it how great this is. We had during the celebration faces from different countries, asking us questions, trying and engaging in our culture, happy to be part of the celebration, and also have fun. Who doesn’t like this?
I am really am proud of this. I am mentioning Toronto because it is the city that I live and the city that I love. But I am sure whatever place you are in Canada, you’re welcome to celebrate as well. If you want to check it out, just visit the list of events happening in Toronto.