Hey Canada! Get ready to celebrate Victoria Day on Monday, May 23

Posted on: Friday, May 20, 2016

Victoria Day is a Canadian statutory holiday celebrated on the Monday before May 25 in honour of the birthdays of both Queen Victoria and the current monarch of Canada.

Queen Victoria was born on May 24, 1819. She became Queen of the United Kingdom on June 20, 1837 and reigned until her death on January 22, 1901. Victoria is still the longest-reigning monarch of the United Kingdom. The monarch's birthday has been celebrated in Canada as Victoria Day since before the beginning of Queen Victoria's reign.

In many cities and provinces across Canada this holiday is celebrated with fireworks and parades.

Quebec province has never celebrated Victoria Day, in fact they're celebrating a different holiday on the same date - National Patriots' Day (Journée nationale des patriotes) to honour the rebellion against the British in 1837.

So where ever you are in Canada, prepare for a great long weekend. No matter what holiday you celebrate, or when you celebrate it, this is a time to enjoy friends, family, and outdoor fun. Happy holiday weekend!

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