Christmas Island, Nova Scotia

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Christmas Island, Nova Scotia is located in Nova Scotia
Christmas Island, Nova Scotia
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Christmas Island in Nova Scotia

Christmas Island, Nova Scotia (Scottish Gaelic: Eilean na Nollaig) is a community of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia Canada. It has a post office, a firehall and a very small population. The post office of Christmas Island gets postcards from around the world during Christmas time so they can get the Christmas Island post stamp. It also has a beautiful beach with access to the Bras d'Or lakes, and a pond that runs into the lake. Christmas Island got its name because of a native that lived there whose surname was Christmas. He died on Ghost Island, adjacent to the beach. The original inhabitants of the land, the Mi'kmaw people, called the area Abadakwichéch, which means "the small reserved portion."[1]

Gaelic[edit]

The Christmas Island fire hall holds the Feis An Eilein every summer, a Gaelic festival featuring Gaelic music, dancing and culture. It is held in August and includes such things as a milling frolic, square dance, bonfire, bag piping, step dance, fiddle and piano lessons. As well there is instruction in Gaelic language, folklore and music.

Gaelic is still spoken by a few elderly residents, as many Highland Scots emigrated to Christmas Island during the Highland Clearances.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Micmac Place-Names in the Maritime Provinces and Gaspe Peninsula, Rev. S.T. Rand. (1919) pg. 11.

Coordinates: 45°58′20.32″N 60°44′54.00″W / 45.9723111°N 60.7483333°W / 45.9723111; -60.7483333