National Acadien Day

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Hey there, folks! Get ready to celebrate National Acadien Day with a big, joyful hop, skip, and a hooray! This sweet celebration is full of history, culture, and lots of fun. So, let's dive into the fascinating world of Acadian heritage and make this day unforgettable!

When is Acadien Day?

It's national acadien day on the 15th August.

History of National Acadien Day

National Acadien Day, also known as Acadian Day or Acadian National Day, is a special occasion celebrated annually on August 15th. It honors the rich history and culture of the Acadian people, who are descendants of the French colonists that settled in the northeastern region of North America during the 17th and 18th centuries.

The Acadians, known for their vibrant traditions, delicious cuisine, and unique dialect, faced a significant upheaval in the mid-18th century. In 1755, thousands of Acadians were forcibly displaced from their homeland by the British government during the Great Expulsion, also called the Acadian Expulsion or Le Grand Dérangement. This tragic event scattered Acadians throughout North America, but their resilience and strong sense of identity endured.

Over time, the Acadian community rebuilt itself and flourished in various parts of North America, including the Canadian Maritimes, Louisiana, and New England. National Acadien Day serves as a commemoration of their enduring spirit, cultural heritage, and contributions to society.

How to Celebrate

Celebrations for National Acadien Day vary depending on the location and community. In areas with a significant Acadian population, you can expect festive parades, lively music performances, traditional dances, delicious feasts showcasing Acadian cuisine, and colorful displays of Acadian flags and symbols.

Join in the festivities by learning about Acadian culture, trying out traditional recipes like poutine râpée or fricot, and tuning in to Acadian music and folktales. You can also show your support by attending local Acadian events, wearing Acadian-inspired clothing, or engaging with Acadian communities through social media.

Did You Know?

Did you know that National Acadien Day was officially recognized by the Canadian government in 2003? It's fantastic to see a vibrant culture celebrated and acknowledged on a national scale.

History behind the term 'Acadien'


The First French Settlement in Acadia

In 1604, a French expedition led by Pierre Dugua, Sieur de Mons, established the first French settlement in Acadia, which is now part of present-day Nova Scotia, Canada. The settlement was named Port Royal, and its inhabitants are known as Acadiens.


Acadia Becomes British

In 1713, as a result of the Treaty of Utrecht, France ceded Acadia, including Port Royal and other surrounding areas, to the British. The British renamed the region Nova Scotia, meaning 'New Scotland.' The Acadiens became subjects of the British Empire.


The Great Expulsion

In 1755, during the French and Indian War, the British authorities forcibly expelled the Acadiens from their homeland. This event, known as the Great Expulsion or the Acadian Exile, resulted in the dispersal of thousands of Acadiens across North America, and even as far as France and Louisiana.


Acadians Return to Nova Scotia

After the American Revolutionary War, many Acadiens who had taken refuge in France and other European countries returned to Nova Scotia. They resettled in various communities, forming a resilient Acadian identity woven with their French, Indigenous, and Scottish roots.


Acadian Nationalism and Cultural Revival

The year 1867 marked the formation of Canada as a confederation. This period also saw a resurgence of Acadian nationalism and a renewed interest in preserving and celebrating Acadian culture and heritage. Acadien intellectuals, poets, and artists played a significant role in promoting and revitalizing Acadian identity.

Did you know?

Did you know that National Acadien Day was officially recognized by the Canadian government in 2003?


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