It is the first official long weekend of summer, May 2-4 as it is fondly known as, but why do we celebrate it?
Here are some fast facts to this annual day off.
- This holiday is only celebrated in Canada and Scotland and it began as a celebration to honour Queen Victoria's birthday.
- The British Queen was born on May 24, 1819. She reigned the monarchy for 63 years, 7 months and 2 days.
- Victoria day was declared a Canadian holiday by the government in 1845. When the Queen died in 1901, Canada's parliament officially named the day Victoria Day.
- In 1952, the government decided it would be observed on the 2nd last Monday in the month of May.
Enjoy this holiday at home, with some fun facts about the day!