May 21, 2007

Victoria Day

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"We are not interested in the possibilities of defeat. They do not exist."


Today, in Canada anyway, it's Victoria Day. I had no idea why we celebrate Victoria Day, so of course I did the logical thing and Googled it. It was first celebrated in honour of Queen Victoria's birthday, then:


After the death of Queen Victoria, an Act was passed by the Parliament of Canada establishing a legal holiday on May 24 in each year (or May 25 if May 24 fell on a Sunday) under the name Victoria Day. An amendment to the Statutes of Canada in 1952 established the celebration of Victoria Day on the Monday preceding May 25, making it the first long weekend of the summer season.


I still don't really get it. I'm not a monarchist by any means, although I have Loyalist ancestors, but anything that makes a long weekend is ok by me.

So, while the barbecues are being fired up, grab a good book about Her Majesty, put your feet up and relax.

11 comments :

  1. My mother is Canadian, well, was until she married my father in 1955 and he "made" her become an American citizen. I never knew about this special day, though, so thanks for sharing. Something kind of funny is that apparently I speak with a bit of a Canadian accent, so her heritage isn't lost entirely, eh? :)

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  2. I don't get Victoria's Day either. I do know that she is pretty important to Canadian development and that one of her children was born in Canada (or so I am told, no idea if that is true for sure, could just be a rumour), so I think it is a way to say thank you. I SUCK at British monarchs, but I want to say she was around when we became a country... For someone that loves history so much, I can't keep politicians and royalty straight.

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  3. I figured it had to do with Queen Victoria, but I never really knew.
    I'll have to tell the kiddos today.
    BTW, I also LOVE the Masterpiece Theatre version of Jane Eyre, I think it's the best one. That is my favorite book ever.
    ~rebecca

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  4. Bellezza- Very cool.
    Kailana- You know more than I do!!
    Fond of books- Glad to be of service. And JE is my favorite book ever too.

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  5. Well....happy holiday!! Any time you get a day off for fun, use it!!

    I don't know hardly anything about Canadian history!! You would think I would know SOMETHING about our neighbors to the North.

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  6. I just love the holiday! We went to Crystal Palace with the kids for Sunday night, and just got home. I'm sure I watched some mini-series that was about Queen Victoria, because I have a much larger sense of her life than I feel I normally should.

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  7. I guess I just assumed Victoria Day was a celebration in her honor, but I didn't know for sure. Very interesting, thanks. You don't have your comments enabled on the Jane Eyre post, but I was only going to say I'll watch for that version and thanks for mentioning it. Fingers crossed the library will have it (or acquire it).

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  8. Darn, I was trying to post and accidentally closed the window. If I screwed up and you get this twice, please forgive me.

    I was just going to say that I always figured Victoria Day had something to do with celebrating the life of Queen Victoria, but I never knew for sure. Also, your comments aren't enabled on the Jane Eyre post, but I'll have to look for that one. Thanks for mentioning it!

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  9. Oh thanks Bookfool. Just fixed it.

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  10. Victoria Day is a great holiday; a hold-over from our days as a colony! Any time a long weekend is available I'll take it. :)

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  11. awesome picture and I loved the explanation and the humbleness that you told us you looked it up. Glad I am not the only one who thought "huh?" Long weekends are the best. Speaking of...this weekend is long for me and to tell you the truth I have no idea what Memorial Day is for. We already have Veterans Day, so I would think it has nothing to do with war, but then again I am always wrong.

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