Yesterday was Canada Day. Thousands showed up to celebrate 148 years of Canadian history. I always enjoy the Canada Day festivities and make a point of attending them each year. I was originally planning to go solo, but one of my friends wanted to go too, so we decided to meet up.
I arrived downtown around noon and met up with my friend who was already there. There was a band playing Celtic/East Coast/rock music and it was really good. I’m a huge fan of East Coast fiddle music and bands like Great Big Sea, so I really enjoyed their music. After they had finished their set, we wandered down to the river where people were flocking in abundance. We stopped to watch a few buskers. One was an amazing contact juggler. You should definitely look up contact juggling if you’ve never heard of it before, its pretty neat 🙂 Another was a performer who juggled knives while balancing on a stack of PVC pipes and boards. It was really entertaining, if not a bit stressful, to watch.
We walked through and perused the street vendors as well. Its amazing the creativity you can find in the art, jewellery and clothing being sold. We then stopped for coffee and walked along the river. We then wandered through the mall in Chinatown. There were all sorts of interesting grocery stores, herbal stores, bakery shops and cute anime stores.
We spent some more time walking around the area before the two of us split up and headed home. All in all, we spent about 6 hours walking around, talking, and taking everything in. There were fireworks at 1o:45 pm that night to commemorate the occasion, but I just didn’t have the energy, so I decided to go home instead.
It was a really enjoyable day. There were crowds of people everywhere, but we spent a lot of time walking down quieter streets, so I didn’t get too overwhelmed. I also got the chance to talk with my friend for hours and we took lots of fun pictures too! I loved the atmosphere of the event. But what I really valued was the time I got to spend with my friend. I got to know her better and we had a really good time.
What do you like about festivals/holidays?