Saturday, 16 May 2009

Victoria Day Weekend

This is a long weekend here in Canada: a celebration of Queen Victoria's birthday. The official date is 24th May, but it falls earlier this year. The date has been recognized since 1834, although it was not until 1901 with the death of Queen Victoria, that it was declared throughout the Commonwealth as Empire Day.

Many Canadians are surprised to learn that this day is not marked in the U.K. especially when one considers the reason for the holiday.

These days, it is mostly an excuse for a long weekend which marks the unofficial start of summer: a chance to fire up the barbecue and get out and enjoy the last of the spring flowers. Having said that, the weekend is not looking too promising for outdoor activities at the moment.

1 comment:

carolyn said...

Yes I'm one of those from the UK who is surprised that you have this celebration. We do have a long weekend at the end of May (and one at the beginning) so I guess that is why. Do enjoy.