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  Weekly Feature: (May 15, 2005)


Victoria Day
Pat's Weekly Feature



Why is May’s long weekend holiday called Victoria Day?

Canada has celebrated its Sovereign’s birthday since Queen Victoria ruled the British Empire from 1837 to 1901. Queen Victoria, a very popular queen, was born on May 24, 1819. After her death in 1901, the Parliament of Canada established a legal holiday on May 24th in each year or May 25th if May 24th fell on a Sunday. However, in 1952, the celebration of Victoria was changed to the Monday before May 25. This year, Victoria Day is celebrated on May 23.

In 1957, Victoria Day was permanently appointed as Queen Victoria’s Birthday Celebration in Canada. Since that time, the birthdays of the reigning British monarchs have also been celebrated on this day.

Traditionally, all government buildings of Canada fly the Royal Union Flag, known as the Union Jack, as well as the Canadian Flag to mark this day.

Canada’s Flags and Symbols

To learn more about the flags and other symbols of Canada, and even take a quiz, try this Website:

Local Activities on this Victoria Day Weekend

 The holiday weekend is a time for friends and family to celebrate. Choose from some of the following activities:

Children and adults can enjoy the 28th annual Children’s Festival from May 16 to 23. In addition to seeing the entertainers, children can learn about aboriginal crafts, animation, energy conservation, juggling, kite flying and much more.

May 23 is the annual Fort Langley May Day that includes a parade and festival.

On May 23, at the Burnaby Village Museum, Queen Victoria’s birthday is celebrated with special events, and even promises a visit from “Queen Victoria!”

New Westminster’s Hyack Days takes place from May 21 to 29.  On May 22 and 23, visit Queen’s Park for fun and entertainment.

The Cloverdale Rodeo has been held for over 100 years! This year, the event runs from May 20 to 23. In addition to rodeo events, families can enjoy other attractions such as musical concerts, lumberjack shows, and bicycle stunts.


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