Mindful Mondays – Week 54 – Happy Victoria Day!

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.

Happy Victoria Day

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
  • Carnivals
  • BBQ’s
  • Fireworks
  • Family gatherings
  • Camping

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!

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