Monday, 20 May 2013

It's Victoria Day

Happy Victoria Day everyone!

I feel like this is the first Victoria Day I’ve gotten to celebrate in a long time.  All through school I just took it for granted as another long weekend, except the year I had to write an IB exam on Victoria Day, so I missed out (Apparently Victoria Day is a Canadian thing.  Who knew?).  The next year, being in IB, I was finished school mid-May and didn’t get to bask in the glory that is a long weekend. 

To be fair, if it wasn’t for having a day off work, I probably wouldn’t have even noticed what today was.

So what in the heck is Victoria Day anyway?

According to Wikipedia, it is “…is a federal Canadian public holiday celebrated on the last Monday before May 25, in honour of Queen Victoria's birthday. The date is also, simultaneously, that on which the current reigning Canadian sovereign's official birthday is recognized. It is sometimes informally considered as marking the beginning of the summer season in Canada, analogous to how the timing of the holiday Memorial Day is regarded in the United States.”

We’ve been celebrating Victoria Day since before Confederation, and it used to be celebrated on a fixed date, May 24.  It wasn’t until after she died that the day changed to the last Monday before May 25. 

This year, “…a group of prominent Canadian actors, authors, and politicians had sent a petition to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, requesting that the holiday be renamed Victoria and First Peoples Day.”  I tried looking for an article about whether or not the name has been changed, but I could only find articles saying that there was a petition.  If anyone can find an article saying one way or the other, please leave a link in the comments section!

So there you have it folks, Victoria Day in a nutshell.

Queen Victoria and I have something in common:  We both love crocheting!

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