Natal Day is not a statutory holiday but many people in the province of Nova Scotia have a paid day off work.
Several of Canada's provinces observe a holiday on the first Monday in August. In Halifax, the capital of Nova Scotia, and throughout the province, this day is known as Natal Day in celebration of the municipality's birthday. Its official name is Alexander Keith's Natal Day, in recognition of the prominent local brewer and politician who lived in the 19th century. The holiday's main organizer is the Halifax Regional Municipality.
In 1895, local leaders made plans for an official celebration to mark the arrival of the railway, slated for August of that year. In response to the news that the tracks had not yet been completed, the leaders decided to keep the date but alter the celebration to remember the municipality's birthday instead.