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Day After New Year’s Day in Canada

The day after New Year’s Day, which is on January 2 in the Gregorian calendar, is an annual public holiday for many banks and government offices in Quebec, Canada.

Some Canadians who have a day off work on January 2 spend time with family or friends.
Some Canadians who have a day off work on January 2 spend time with family or friends.
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Is January 2 a Public Holiday?

The day after New Year’s Day is a bank holiday in Quebec. Many banks are closed in Quebec on January 2 but some banks may operate on different schedules. It is also a day off for Quebec government workers and employees in the clothing industry. Employees working in a clothing store do not belong to this industry.

When January 2 falls on Saturday, the bank holiday is moved to the following Monday. When it falls on Sunday, banks are closed on the following Monday and Tuesday. For public servants, if a statutory holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday it is moved to the previous Friday or the following Monday.

What Do People Do?

Many bank and government workers in Quebec, Canada, have a day off work on January 2. The day after New Year’s Day marks the end of the Christmas and New Year season. Those who observe the holiday may spend time with family or friends, or have a quiet day of rest. Some people take part in activities such as ice hockey or cross-country skiing. Others spend time ice fishing.

Some Canadians take their annual vacation during this time of the year. Traditionally, many people from Quebec spent the winter holiday season (in the northern hemisphere) in south-east Florida. Vacationers from Quebec have more recently been attracted to warmer places south of Canada, such as Mexico, Cuba, and the Caribbean islands.

Background

January 2 is the day after New Year's Day and is the second day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. It also commemorates when the Royal Bank of Canada took over the Quebec Bank.  According to the Quebec Labour Code, January 2 is included in a list of holidays that are “non-juridical”. This means that the holiday does not relate to the law or jurisprudence (a collection of authority-imposed rules). Saturday is considered a non-juridical day, as are January 2 and December 26.

Note: References to winter in this article relate to winter in the northern hemisphere.

Day After New Year’s Day Observances

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday TypeArea
2010SatJan 2Day After New Year’s DayLocal holidayQuebec
2011SunJan 2Day After New Year’s DayLocal holidayQuebec
2012MonJan 2Day After New Year’s DayLocal holidayQuebec
2013WedJan 2Day After New Year’s DayLocal holidayQuebec
2014ThuJan 2Day After New Year’s DayLocal holidayQuebec
2015FriJan 2Day After New Year’s DayLocal holidayQuebec
2016SatJan 2Day After New Year’s DayLocal holidayQuebec
2017MonJan 2Day After New Year’s DayLocal holidayQuebec
2018TueJan 2Day After New Year’s DayLocal holidayQuebec
2019WedJan 2Day After New Year’s DayLocal holidayQuebec
2020ThuJan 2Day After New Year’s DayLocal holidayQuebec

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