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Happy Victoria Day everyone.

Not only will I wish that to all of you, but I’ll also provide a history lesson for you about it – since most of us call it May 2-4 weekend, I thought it would be nice to show where the origins of this holiday came from:

..a Canadian statutory holiday celebrated on the last Monday before or on May 24 in honor of both Queen Victoria’s birthday and the current reigning Canadian Sovereign’s birthday..Since 1901 the date of May 24 was known throughout the British Empire as Empire Day. An amendment to the Statutes of Canada in 1952 moved the holiday to the Monday before 25 May. In 1958 Empire Day was renamed Commonwealth Day. In 1977 Commonwealth Day was moved to the second Monday in March, but Canadians continued to celebrate Victoria Day in May. Though, as a federal holiday, it is still an official holiday in Quebec, the Quebec National Assembly has dedicated the same day as a provincial holiday: National Patriotes Day (Journée nationale des patriotes), which commemorates the English-Canadian and French-Canadian Patriotes of the Lower Canada Rebellion of 1837.

Thus ends your Canadian history lesson for the day. Whatever you might call it, I hope you all enjoy your day off, and enjoy the fireworks if you have celebrations in your communities or are off to see them.

1 comment to Happy Victoria Day everyone.

  • mushroom

    As a republican, I would like a better name for the May Bank Holiday.

    Enjoy the long weekend, Scott.

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