Monday, May 20, 2013

Happy Victoria Day!

Happy Victoria Day to my Canadian readers!

Queen Victoria
H.M. Queen Victoria
Photo source: W. and D. Downey / Library and Archives Canada / C-019313

Victoria Day, also known as Sovereign’s Birthday, has been celebrated in Canada since pre-Confederation days.

This year marks the 168th anniversary since the holiday was first observed in 1845.

The day used to be celebrated on May 24, Queen Victoria’s actual date of birth, but in 1952 a federal statute established Victoria Day on the Monday before May 25.

The holiday began as a way of honouring young Queen Victoria, but in time it became Canada's official day to mark the birthday of our current monarch, Elizabeth II.

For more information, see “Victoria Day” at Canadian Heritage.

Copyright © 2013, Yvonne Demoskoff.

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