Today is Victoria Day 2013 – A Holiday in Canada

Today is Victoria Day 2013 – A Holiday in Canada

Everyone needs a holiday- Victoria Day in Canada ( 2013)

Today is Victoria Day 2013 in Canada which is marked as a public holiday on the national level. Considering that is holiday is always on a Monday, it is a long weekend for most people who are living here with schools being closed,banks closed, public transportation running on a holiday schedule.

I think one of the reasons why this long weekend is so popular is that many people see this as a precursor to Summer, where people can plant gardens, open up their cottages, go fishing or just relax.  I know for me personally I can look outside and not see snow lol  

Why is it called Victoria Day?

This holiday is named after the British monarch who gave royal assent to Confederation. Queen Victoria, who reigned over Great Britain, was born on May 24, 1819. She enjoyed the longest reign in British history, ascending the throne in 1837 and ruling until 1901—a period of over 62 years!

The Parliament of Canada first declared her birthday a holiday in 1845, well before Confederation! The May 24th celebration was a popular one—if you had been a resident of Canada West (Ontario) in 1854, you might have joined a crowd of thousands that gathered in front of Government House in Toronto to shout a cheer to the Queen.

In 1901, the year of Victoria’s death, the holiday officially became known as Victoria Day. Since that time, Victoria Day has commemorated two royal birthdays: the birthday of Queen Victoria and that of the current monarch.

May 24th is a statutory holiday in all Canadian territories and in seven out of ten provinces. (In Quebec, this date is celebrated as La Journée nationale des Patriotes, or National Patriots’ Day, in memory of Anglophone and Francophone activists who fought for democratic government in 19th-century Quebec.)
Why is May 24th known as Victoria Day?

While Toronto will have Fireworks and other parts of the country will have petting zoos and other happenings, I intend to celebrate by going to the park and having a bar -b -que later today.

I will be back to my normal writing next week. I hope that you all have a fantastic day no matter where you are.

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