While Canadian culture is heavily influenced by the American and British, Canadian culture still retains many unique Canadian characteristics. In the past few decades, a more robust and distinct Canadian culture has developed, partially because of the nationalism that pervaded Canada in the years leading up to the Canadian Centennial in 1967.
Ontario has nine public holidays. Canadians celebrate a number of public holidays, and other important events and occasions throughout the year. In Canada, schools, most government departments and many businesses are closed on the following public holidays: