Monday 18 May 2009

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.


RennyBA said...

Happy Victoria Day and thanks for providing some of the historical background!

Your welcome over to see how Norwegians celebrate our National Day: the 17th of May.

Tina said...

i never knew of this day. how bad am i! .. good you get a day off for it though

ThePainterPack said...

Happy Victoria Day to woo!!!

Mya Boo Boo