Yay! An extra day off in August. That’s what probably went through many minds this past weekend thanks to Saskatchewan Day.
Some may view Monday’s day off as just another long weekend, but the day holds so much more importance than that.
To celebrate the holiday properly, one must be amongst family or friends. And because it’s Saskatchewan, it almost feels necessary to be one with nature.
The outdoors play a huge role in the province, and hopefully the weekend days were celebrated under the big open skies. Or spending Saturday night cheering on the Roughriders while drinking a cold beverage, which probably was Pilsner for a lot of people over the long weekend. How can anyone get more patriotic than that?
The holiday originated as a way to encourage families across the province to spend more time together and focus on the importance of family life in communities.
Everyone has their own take on Saskatchewan Day, each person celebrating it differently. Some might spend the day cherishing the time spent with family, while others use the opportunity to form traditions.
But family goes beyond siblings, parents and other relatives.
Family is also a community. The day gives people the opportunity to hang out and spend time with each other by attending free activities. Getting to know one’s family and neighbours can have a huge impact on the quality of one’s life because one can pick up values and have a support system on which to lean.
One can hope Saskatchewan residents took this day to embrace family and friends, and hopefully use future family days as a way to strengthen bonds and show provincial pride.
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