July 1 is Canada Day. It is a national holiday in Canada which is celebrated by Canadians in Canada and abroad as well as tourists in Canada. One of the main attributes of this holiday is the Canadian flag. Its official name is “The National Flag of Canada”.
The central part of the flag depicts a maple leaf, “Well before the coming of the first European settlers, Canada’s aboriginal peoples had discovered the food properties of maple sap, which they gathered every spring. According to many historians, the maple leaf began to serve as a Canadian symbol as early as 1700” (Canadian Heritage, 2014). The eleven points of the leaf do not have a particular symbolic meaning (a real leaf usually has 26 points). The two red bars on the flag represent two coasts of Canada. The bar on the right stands for the east (Atlantic) coast of Canada and the bar on the left stands for the west (Pacific) coast. The Canadian flag has two colours: red and white. These colours were the colours of both France and England, the first two European nations to explore and settle Canada. The National Flag of Canada is known in many countries for its original design.
Canadian Heritage (2014). Retrieved June 30, 2014, from http://www.pch.gc.ca/eng/1363610923802/1363610971862