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It’s a pretty special day here in Acadiana (who are we kidding. Every day is special around here). How do you plan on celebrating “National Acadian Day”?
National Acadian Day celebrates the origin, unique history and vibrant culture of the Acadian people of Canada. In 1605, France established the first permanent settlement in North America, located in Port Royal, Nova Scotia. As a result of the Great Upheaval from 1755 to 1763, many thousands of Acadians were forced to leave their homes and relocate elsewhere. Although many eventually returned to the Acadian region, others never returned home.
Another century passed and in 1867, Canada became a nation. Shortly there after in 1881, the first Acadian Convention declared August 15 as National Acadian Day however it would not be until 2003 that the holiday is officially proclaimed as a national observance by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.