One way to celebrate spring!

Celebrating Reading Week and March Break in Canada

The emergence of spring blossoms from the icy snow banks of winter has been a cause for celebration for thousands of years. Historically, the Greeks and Romans used to celebrate the coming of spring, the season of fertility and revival, by honoring Dionysus and Bacchus, the gods of wine. In 1938, Fort Lauderdale, FL hosted the country’s first College Coaches’ Swim Forum at the Olympic-sized Casino Pool.

Over 300 swimmers competed at the event, and the tradition of college students parading down to Florida to take a break from their studies only grew from that point on. Today, “spring break” is almost considered a rite of passage for many, but it’s not always about the college students.

In Canada, the majority of school-aged children from kindergarten through 12th grade get a week off from school between the months of February and April.

This event has been dubbed “March Break” over the years, and often coincides with what college students refer to as “Reading Week” for their own winter breaks.

What’s on For March Break 2013

Many Canadians with children in school plan to take a vacation for March Break. But that doesn’t necessarily mean travel. Taking a “staycation” has become a rather popular phenomenon in recent years, with more and more families deciding to plan something a little closer to home in order to forgo spending hefty loads of cash.

Every Province has different official dates for March Break. Check out the dates for 2013 listed below:

  • British Columbia: March 15 – 25, 2013
  • Alberta: March 22 – April 2, 2013
  • Manitoba: March 22 – April 1, 2013
  • Saskatchewan: March 28 – April 8, 2013
  • Ontario, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland / Labrador: March 8 – 18, 2013
  • Prince Edward Island: March 15 – 25, 2013
  • Quebec and New Brunswick: March 1 – March 11, 2013

Something for Everyone

March Break and Reading Week inspires an increased element of family closeness, for one, with the tendency for college students to take the week off to come home and spend their time there.

With everyone coming home for the holiday, it seems like the perfect time to plan an event. You can include your children, teenagers, and young adults, as well as your friends and co-workers. Come up with a fun idea, take advantage of quality event media, and save money by staying close to home.