Today was a glorious day, and anyone else that had the day off from their regular work schedule was thankful.
Working in retail (especially at a retailer that has stores in Canada), it is extremely important that I know every holiday that may impact sales. In November last year, while the U.S. was celebrating Veteran's Day, I was in Canada where Canadians were observing Remembrance Day. These holiday's are very similar to each other, but the one thing that stood out to me was that Canada was united as a nation. Everyone (and I mean EVERY person) was wearing a red poppy on their lapel to symbolize members lost during the First World War. The only thing that I have seen comparable in the U.S. were the abundance of American Flags displayed when terrorists attacked the World Trade Center in 2001. On that trip to Canada in November I made sure that I found a poppy to wear to show my support for the Canadian people (even if it meant running around Vancouver for miles like a lunatic until I found myself a poppy). I somehow felt compelled and united with the entire Canadian nation.
That brings me to this weekend. While the U.S. celebrated President's Day today, British Columbia celebrated Family Day. It is observed on the third Monday of every February, and the day is typically taken off so everyone can appreciate and take time for their families. I definitely think that this not only means the family you are born into, but is also the family that you make for yourself. This is a holiday that places great importance on family values and I think more countries and people should observe this day.
Bellisima = "Extremely Beautiful" in Italian, and how i would describe the world, and how I view it through travel.