Victoria Day Celebrations in Burnaby

Victoria Day celebrations are here! Victoria Day is celebrated all across Canada on the last Monday preceding May 25th. This statutory holiday, also known as Long May weekend, is observed in commemoration of the late Queen Victoria’s birthday. There will be a family friendly Victoria Day celebrations at Barnaby Village Museum and Carousel on the 20th. The parade will start at 11:00 am and end at 4:30 pm. Visitors are encourage to take part of this celebration as its free and for everyone to enjoy! Carousel rides cost $2.65 each but on the other hand there’s also a free birthday cake for everyone! It is the Queen’s birthday after all. EC Vancouver is located in Downtown Vancouver with many amenities and restaurants around the area for you to explore. So take the opportunity to explore this beautiful city and culture everyday of the week to make the most out of your time in Canada! Also please remember that there will be classes on Friday the 17th. However there are no classes on Monday May 20th! Classes resume on Tuesday May 21st as usual.  

No school on Monday

Victoria Day 2019! No Classes on Monday!

Victoria Day is a federal holiday that’s celebrated all across Canada. The holiday was first observed in 1845 and also denotes the start on Summer/Spring in Canada. Every year the holiday is observed on the last Monday preceding May 25th. Sunday tours and activities will still take place on May 19th. However please note that there will be no classes on Monday May 20th as EC Vancouver will be closed. Classes will resume on Tuesday May 21st as usual. Quick fun Fact : Did you know that the Victoria Cross reward is the highest award given for acts of bravery? The award is given by British Monarchy and was introduced in 1856. Check out our other blog posts to see many popular events around Vancouver and neighboring cities! Study English in Vancouver and experience a new culture that’s dedicated to accommodate diverse nationalities and backgrounds from all around the world. EC Vancouver is located in the heart of Downtown Vancouver. For more information about our ESL courses or programs please contact us at +1-604-683-1199. You may also visit our website at ecenglish.com to learn more about EC Language Centres and book your course.

Why Vancouver?

Vancouver is a city of beauty, hospitality, and globally recognized facilities. On your downtime, you will be able to explore the endless corners of the city and its surroundings without ever worrying about getting bored with the options at hand. In terms of livability, lifestyle, costs, and inclusiveness, Vancouver offers everything a person could possibly want when studying or living abroad. If you haven’t already done so, and are considering a full-time academic or language program abroad to learn English then take a closer look at what Vancouver has to offer.  Residents of Vancouver are proud of their cultural heritage and the fact that we have a rainbow of nations at our fingertips. Vibrant festivals such as the Sikh Vaisakhi Parade, the Persian celebration of Nowruz, Italian Day on The Drive, The German Christmas Market located in the Heart of Downtown Vancouver, and the annual Chinese New Year festivities bless the city with food, music, people and performances from around the globe. We are fortunate in this city to live amongst so many different cultures. The only requirement we demand of those coming to the city is an open heart towards fellow residents regardless of race, colour, ethnicity, religion, political leaning, sex, or gender. Festivals take place year-round and are full of activity and life. If you wish to call the Pacific North West your new home, you had better be prepared for events such as the Celebration of Light, The world famous Pride Parade, the Santa Clause Parade at Christmas, the Pemberton Music Festival, and the Vancouver Folk Fest. One thing we can guarantee is that you will never be bored while you are on the west coast.   —– Are you thinking to study English in Canada? Meet us at EC English Language School in Vancouver!

Different ways cultures celebrate Halloween

The fact that Halloween is celebrated on October 31 is known by almost everybody all over the globe, but do you know how different this celebration is depending on the country? Here you can read a little about these unknown differences: Some Austrians leave bread, water and a light on the table before going to sleep on Halloween night. Belgians believe it is unlucky for a black cat to enter in your house or travel on a ship. The tradition for Belgians and most European people is to light a candle in memory of the dead loved ones. Canadians celebrate Halloween carving pumpkins and playing trick or treating. Chinese celebrate “Teng Chieh”, they place food and water in front of photographs of dead relatives while lighting some lanterns to illuminate the way of the spirits as they come to the living world. In Czechoslovakia, chairs are placed in front of the fire place, one chair for each living and dead member of the family. Mexican known this holiday as “El dia de los muertos” and it is a happy day for them. It is a time to remember family and friends who have died. They create an altar in their homes and decorate it with flowers, drinks, photographs and a colourful painted skull that symbolizes that Mexican are not afraid of death. Actually, this celebration is to literally laugh at death. Germans put away their knives, they do not want to get harmed by the spirits returned from the dead world. Spanish always light a candle to honor their dead relatives and decorate their graves with flowers. It is family time, not a big celebration as it is in Canada. === Have a look at our IELTS courses in Vancouver and experience yourself a real Canadian Halloween.

Why Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving has been an annual holiday in Canada for almost 150 years, and it is always celebrated the second Monday of October. It is known as “Turkey day” since that is the main course for dinner that day. Would you believe that Canada was the first country to celebrate this holiday? The origins of this holiday dates back to 1578, when an explorer called Martin Frobisher celebrated Thanksgiving for first time during an expedition through the Antarctic. A little bit later, once the Seven Days war was over – 1763-, the celebration started to be popular in Canada, especially in Nova Scotia. But it wasn’t until 1879 that it became a statutory holiday in Canada. As it always takes place on Mondays, Canadians take advantage of the long weekend to share some time with their family and, of course, prepare the traditional baked turkey. But this is not all, football is also a tradition during these dates, so much so that there is a special Thanksgiving Day Classic every year held by the Canadian Football League. However, unlike American, Canadians Thanksgiving is not a shopping holiday. In fact, most of the stores are closed during this weekend and just a few ones have adopted the American sales tradition known as “Black Friday” where everybody goes out to get the best deal once a year. === Thinking about learning English in Canada? Check out our Business English courses in Vancouver.

Happy Easter everyone!

Easter in Canada is celebrated at the same time and in much the same way as it is in other Western countries, like the U.S.  In 2012, Good Friday falls on April 6, Easter Sunday is April 8, and Easter Monday is April 9.  Good Friday is a statutory holiday in Canada.  Most businesses are closed, including government offices, banks and schools.  Some exceptions may apply to restaurants or tourist attractions.  Easter Sunday is the Sunday immediately following the first full moon after the vernal (spring) equinox, unless that coincides with the Jewish Feast of Passover, in which case it is moved to  the next Sunday. It can fall anywhere between March 22 and April 25.  Canadians usually celebrate this day by attending church, getting together for a big family meal, and staging an Easter egg hunt.