Aug. 15 will now officially be known as Provincial Acadian Day inNova Scotia. An Act to Establish a Provincial Acadian Day was introduced inthe House of Assembly today, April 16, by Acadian AffairsMinister Chris d’Entremont. “The Acadian community has contributed greatly to the economic,social and cultural development of this province,” said Mr.d’Entremont. “It is very timely that Provincial Acadian Day beproclaimed this year as Acadians from around the world come toNova Scotia to celebrate the 400th anniversary of their arrivalin North America.” This year Provincial Acadian Day will fall on the final day ofthe Congrès mondial acadien festivities. The Congrès mondialacadien, a family reunion of Acadians from around the world,takes place throughout the province from July 31 to Aug. 15. Since 1881, Acadians have recognized Aug. 15 as their nationalholiday. It has been proclaimed National Acadian day by thefederal government. On Oct. 24, 2003, Premier John Hamm alsoproclaimed 2004 as l’Année de l’Acadie.