Today is the National Holiday of Quebec. As I have lived here less than a year, this is my first time celebrating this holiday. In Canada there is also Canada Day, which is celebrated on July 1st, but in Quebec this holiday is a lot bigger than Canada Day.
The National Holiday of Quebec (French: La Fête nationale du Québec) is the national holiday of the Canadian province of Quebec. A paid statutory public holiday covered under the Act Respecting Labour Standards, it is celebrated annually on June 24, St. John the Baptist Day.
In Quebec, the festivities occur on June 23 and June 24 and since 1978 are publicly financed and organized by a National Holiday Organizing Committee (Comité organisateur de la fête nationale). June 24 continues to be celebrated as a festival of French Canadian culture in other provinces and in the United States.