THIS … is Queen Victoria. We in Canada are remembering the Mother of Confederation and celebrating her birthday today with the day off, BBQs (grilling to y’all), 2-4’s (cases of beer) and fireworks.
Truth is, I was speaking to one of my sisters about this the other day and neither one of us really understood what Victoria Day was. I had a general idea, that it was the celebration of Queen Victoria’s birthday, but why, WHY was it never on the same day?
We, in Canada, generally refer to Victoria Day as the May 24th weekend, when in truth, it rarely falls on the 24th. Sometimes May 24th falls on May 23rd, Or May 18th, or like this year, May 20th.
Whose birthday randomly jumps around? I mean sure, the *year* of our birthday may change as we get older, but the day pretty much stays the same. At least until we get senile. Maybe that was it. Maybe Queen Victoria was senile and this is Canada’s tribute to senility.
After a bit of digging, I discovered that this anomaly, like a lot of other things, can be blamed on a politician.
Someone at some point decided that celebrating May 24th on May 24th was just too damn confusing and it would be better if it rotated and popped up, almost out of the blue, surprising the residents of Canada. Like herpes.
It’s the most anticipated holiday in Canada in a lot of ways because it signals the unofficial start of summer. Hence the BBQs, beer and general debauchery. And gardening.
That’s also a big part of the May long weekend, because for the most part it means that it’s warm enough to plant tender plants like tomatoes or peppers. This, like believing that May 24th falls on May 24th, is also a deceiving lie perpetrated by someone with a cruel streak. Because just 3 days ago there was a frost warning where I live and a great deal of hail and even snow.
But it’s all part of being Canadian. And we deal with it in the only way we know how. By blaming it on the Americans.
Nothing can ruin a May long weekend like a Colorado low.
This long weekend was pretty good as May long weekends go, and … to help everyone get into the spirit of Canada’s official jump into summer, I have a little giveaway for you.
The winner of this Victoria Day giveaway will get a maple leaf beach towel, a Canada inspired tote bag with a birch log background, a package of paper O Canada napkins, and a Canada inspired mug complete with crossed oars.
To enter, just leave a comment on this post. The contest is open W O R L D W I D E. Just trying to spread the love of Canada across the planet.
And write a really easy post while I’m finishing up my vacation for the low, low cost of about $25. Worth every penny. Which by the way is now extinct in Canada (the penny I mean).
Contest closes May 23rd at midnight.
The contest is now closed to entries.