Nova Scotia observes the many national holidays recognised and respected within Canada. Each public holiday has become meaningful for its historical and cultural significance, and are uniquely celebrated throughout the year. As around the world, the 1st of January celebrates the New Year, and in Canada, it is popular for people to gather and count the time until midnight on the night before, with ongoing festivals and firework displays throughout the night. Canada Day is celebrated on the 1st of July, and marks the establishment of Canada as a constitutional federation. Parades, concerts and festivals are organised and run through the day, with many other ongoing activities. The first Monday of September sees celebrations for Labour Day, recognising the efforts of the workers and unions. For many, it marks the end of summer, and people will often choose to spend the day with family or friends, outside or at home. An important day in the Christian tradition, Christmas is celebrated on the 25th of December. Families will often exchange gifts and prepare a large dinner in celebration. These are just a few of the many national holidays recognised in Canada.