Victoria Day. May Day. Canada’s unofficial kick off to the summer season. Whatever name you call it, today is a Canadian holiday and with that a little break from my traditional Mindful Monday blog post as well.
Facts about Victoria Day:
- Each year, Canadians celebrate May day on the last Monday prior to May 25th.
- The celebration is a tip of the hat to Queen Victoria’s birthday.
- Queen Victoria was born on May 24, 1819.
- Canada was previously a British Colony. Though there are no longer any political ties to Britain, Canada continues to honor the Queen as a figurehead.
How do Canadians celebrate Victoria Day?
- May day Parades
- Mayflower poles complete with dancing girls in flowing dresses
- Family gatherings
The holiday as a passage of time:
- Canadians use the dateline of the May long weekend as an indicator that it is safe to plant gardens for the summer season.
- Typically frost after May day is unlikely in our northern region.
- Those with summer homes like to take advantage of the May long weekend to open them up in preparation for the warmer weather.
- Amusement parks and summer festivals use this weekend to begin operations.
No matter how you plan to spend your May long weekend, I wish you the joy of good times with those you love.
Happy Victoria Day!