Victoria Day is a Canadian statutory holiday celebrated on the last Monday before or on 24 May, in honour of both Queen Victoria’s birthday and the current reigning Canadian sovereign’s official birthday. It has been marked since before Canada was formed, originally falling on the sovereign’s actual birthday, and continues to be celebrated across the country on a fixed date and in various fashions, also being considered an informal mark of the beginning of the summer season. [via Wikipedia]
It’s hard to identify fully with a holiday that doesn’t mark a significant event in history, but it does give you more of a chance to recognize your history. The origins of Canada are not to be forgotten — just because we were once governed by the Queen of England does not mean that we can’t still make our own mark in the world.
Many people use the May Long Weekend to go camping or go away for the weekend. I think that as long as you’re appreciating our beautiful country/province, that is a fantastic use! I wish that I was able to do something appreciative of our country.
I would love to be in Victoria, the capital of British Columbia, on this holiday because here in Vancouver we don’t really celebrate. My friend from Ottawa is always complaining about how Canada Day (July 1) is celebrated in Vancouver; that’s another holiday I would love to be elsewhere for!