Canada is celebrating Victoria Day this weekend. This is a great history written by Bite Size Canada.
Originally posted on Bite Size Canada:
Tomorrow, May 19, is Victoria Day, acknowledging Queen Victoria’s birthday. So for today’s post, allow me to introduce you to Alexandrina Victoria.
She was born on May 24, 1819 (Kensington Palace, London), and died on January 22, 1901 (Osborne House, Isle of Wight) at the age of 81.
The official name for this annual celebration is Victoria Day,and in French it’s called Fête de la Reine. Some also call it May Long Weekend, May Long, May Two-Four, or May Run. It is also informally considered as the beginning of the summer season in Canada. It is celebrated every year on the Monday preceding May 25. This year, it falls on May 19th.
Canada started celebrating the Queen’s birthday on May 24, 1845, when the legislation first passed by the parliament of the Province of Canada.
One year, however, the celebrations were marred by tragedy. In 1881…
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