Monday, May 21, 2007

Happy Victoria Day!

In Canada, the celebration of Victoria Day occurs every year on Monday, prior to May 25th. It is the official celebration of the birthdays of Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II. Victoria Day was established as a holiday in Canada West (now Ontario) in 1845 and became a national holiday in 1901. Before Victoria Day became a national holiday, we had celebrated Empire Day , beginning in the 1890s as Victoria approached her Diamond jubilee in 1897.

Victoria, queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and empress of India, was born on 24 May 1819. She ascended the throne after the death of her uncle, George IV, in 1837 when she was only 18. She ruled until her death in 1901 when her son Edward the VII became king of England.

I spent today heading home from St. John's.

Sister Sarah and I had lunch at the Sundance before scampering to the airport to catch our 3pm flight home. She got home around 4pm and I got home just after 7pm.

2 comments:

ames said...

Looks like you had a fun pub crawl on your trip. LOL Great pictures!
I relaxed this weekend. And saw Shrek 3.

dana said...

Happy Victoria Day to you, also! Holidays are wonderful!