Happy Victoria Day Weekend
A happy Victoria Day Weekend to all Canadians. What is Victoria Day? Victoria Day is a federal Canadian public holiday celebrated on the last Monday before May 25, in honour of Queen Victoria’s birthday. The date is also, simultaneously, that on which the current reigning Canadian sovereign’s official birthday is recognized. It is sometimes informally considered as marking the beginning of the summer season in Canada. The holiday has been observed in Canada since at least 1845, originally falling on the sovereign’s actual birthday, and continues to be celebrated in various fashions across the country on the fixed date; the holiday has always been a distinctly Canadian observance.
Canada is the only country that commemorates Queen Victoria with an official holiday. Federal government protocol dictates that, on Victoria Day, the Royal Union Flag is to be flown from sunrise to sunset at all federal government buildings— including airports, military bases, and other Crown owned property across the country – where physical arrangements allow (i.e. where a second flag pole exists, as the Royal Union Flag can never displace the national flag).
Before they were abolished in 1968 by the Trudeau government, Royal salutes (21-gun salutes) used to be fired in Ottawa, the provincial capitals, and Montreal and Vancouver not only on the Queen’s Official Birthday, but also on the Queen’s Accession Day (February 6), the Queen’s actual birthday (April 21), the Queen’s Coronation Day (June 2), the Birthday of the Duke of Edinburgh (June 10), and (in those days) the Birthday of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother (August 4).
However, although a long weekend, our office remains open through the weekend, and on the Monday (the statutory holiday). We will continue to provide technical support to clients, and respond to sales inquiries. Hackers don’t take holidays, and neither do we. We are here 365 days a year. However, the Blog will be on holiday until Tuesday. He has been working hard lately, and deserve some downtime on the beach 🙂 Update: you cannot put a blogger on hold. I have continued to blog throughout the weekend. My apologies to my family and, of course, Queen Victoria.
So, to everyone who celebrates the holiday, Happy Victoria Day. Enjoy the weekend. Soon summer will be upon us.