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Victoria Day

Victoria Day - Queen Victoria
Author: Franz Xaver Winterhalter
What does Victoria Day celebrate?

Victoria Day celebrates the birthday of Queen Victoria. It also celebrates the birthday of Canada's current monarch or Sovereign.

When is Victoria Day celebrated?

On the Monday preceding May 25th Who celebrates this day?

Victoria Day is a national holiday in Canada. In the province of Quebec, the day is celebrated as National Patriots' Day.

What do people do to celebrate?

The holiday is a day off from school and work for most Canadians. Many major cities host parades and fireworks displays. The Royal Union Flag, or Union Jack, is flown at all government buildings from sunrise to sunset. The Canadian Flag, however, always takes precedence.

The day is the official kick-off for summer in Canada. A lot of people begin working on their garden or spend the long weekend opening up their summer homes in the mountains. The holiday is also considered the kick-off for camping season, a popular pastime in Canada.

Things to do on Victoria Day History of Victoria Day

Victoria Day was first celebrated as the birthday of Queen Victoria of United Kingdom. She was born on May 24, 1819. Queen Victoria ruled from 1837 to 1901. When she became queen she was only 18 years old.

It was during Queen Victoria's reign that Canada began to celebrate the monarch's birthday. The 24th of May became an official holiday in 1845. In 1952 the day was moved to the Monday preceding May 25th.

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