What we tend to forget is that the May long weekend is actually a holiday to commemorate the birth of Queen Victoria who reigned over the Commonwealth from 1837-1901. She is often given credit for uniting the provinces of Canada into a Canadian state and given the name "Mother of Confederation". www.cbcnews.
Back in the day the holiday was celebrated by thousands of people coming together having giant picnics. Victoria day is also a day recognized as the birthday for Queen Elizabeth II in Canada, even though she was born in April. Like the seasoned writer I am, I did a bit of research on the subject and stumbled across a web site through CBC news listing 24 facts about the May long weekend.
The list covers everything from why we celebrate the weekend (which a lot do not know) to why the weekend is popularly called "May two-four" (a name for a 24 bottle case of beer). We do like our beer here in Canada, at least I do! My family celebrated my nephews birthday at the farm for the long weekend.
I enjoy these long weekends at the farm as a reason to escape from the hustle and bustle of life in the city. I honestly have never given much thought to Victoria Day and the significance of why it is even a holiday we celebrate. It has always just been an excuse to get together with family and friends and enjoy the weekend. This year I am going to make sure to toast Queen Victoria and the fact we live in this great country!
Thought of the day: Why is "number" abbreviated as "no" when there is no "o" in number?
Quote of the day: The less you talk, the more you're listened to. Abigail Van Buren (Dear Abby)