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New Year's Levee

Canada's Lieutenant Governors host a levee each New Year's Day. This levee is a reception that is held early in the afternoon at Government House or some other appropriate location. Any citizen, including children, can attend. Persons attending sign a guest book, are introduced to the Lieutenant Governor, and then enjoy light refreshment. Attending the Lieutenant Governor's levee is an annual ritual for many families.

The word levee is derived from the French verb "lever" which means to rise. French aristocrats used to receive guests in the morning after they had gotten up. British sovereigns held their levees in the early afternoon. Since Lieutenant Governors are the Queen's representative, they have adopted this custom in Canada.

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