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These holidays and traditions are specific to Nova Scotia only. For Canada-wide holidays, please review the section on Holidays at

Natal Day
Halifax and Dartmouth celebrate their founding during this first long weekend in August. There are parades, as well as activities for children, adults and families; sporting events; a walk across the MacDonald Bridge; concerts; fireworks; etc. Other communities in Nova Scotia also hold activities on the Monday which outside of the HRM (Halifax Regional Municipality) is commonly referred to as the August Civic Holiday.

Dumping Day
Dumping Day marks the start of lobster season. In Queens County, the lobster season runs from the last Monday in November to May 31st. On this day, fisherman and their crews leave their ports at dawn to set their traps.