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Victoria Day!

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Today, May 24 is Victoria Day, a federal holiday in Canada.

The origin of this holiday dates back to 1845, during the reign of Queen Victoria, May 24, the queen’s birthday, was declared a holiday in Canada. This is a Canadian tradition and does not actually exist in most of England.

While the Victoria Day moves around a lot now, the original rule was to celebrate it annually on May 24th, regardless of what day that was, unless it was a Sunday – in which case it would be moved to the 25th. That changed with the government declaring that Victoria Day would be observed on the Monday preceding the 25th of May making it a long weekend.

This long weekend is also considered the beginning of the summer season.

For immigrants this can also be a day to expand our understanding about the history of Canada, this country we have adopted and decided to make our home. While this year, it may not be possible to meet friends and family for fun, it is the right time to get out in open spaces for picnic, hike, or a walk in nature.

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