Why do we celebrate Victoria Day?

For some, Victoria Day is a sign that summer is just around the corner. the holiday, which is only celebrated in Canada and Scotland, began as a celebration to honour Queen Victoria's birthday.

The British Queen was born on May 24th, 1819 and was a reigning monarch for 63 years, 7 months and 2 days.

Victoria Day was declared a Canadian holiday by the government in 1845. At that time, it was celebrated with picnics, parades, sporting tournaments, fireworks and cannon salutes.

When Queen Victoria died in 1901, Canada's parliament officially named the holiday Victoria Day. It was decided that the day would be celebrated on May 24th each year ( or on May 25th if the 24th fell on a Sunday).

In 1952, the government made the decision to begin celebrating Victoria Day on a Monday. It would be observed on May 24th if that worked out, otherwise, it would be held on a Monday immediately before it.

Victoria Day celebrations in Toronto


Today, Victoria Day is a holiday throughout most of Canada and the day is marked in most cities with parades, outdoor events and activities like camping and elaborate firework displays.


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