Victoria Day in 2016

In 2016 the Victoria Day holiday is on Monday, May 23.

Victoria Day is a Canadian statutory holiday celebrated on the Monday preceding May 25 in every province and territory. It honours Queen Victoria's birthday. In Quebec this holiday is called "National Patriotes Day" (Journée nationale des patriotes).

Victoria Day is also commonly referred to as the "May two-four weekend" or the "May long weekend" and it marks the unofficial start of the cottage season where cases of beer* are consumed by hard working Canadians. That's what we heard anyway. Or maybe it's called May two-four because May 24, 1819 is Queen Victoria's birthday :-)

FYI: Prince Edward (1767–1820) after whom PEI was named was Queen Victoria's father.

Victoria Day is a non-statutory "general" holiday in the maritime provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, PEI and Newfoundland. In Quebec the National Patriots' Day is commemorted on this day.

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*A case of beer containing 24 bottles or cans is called a two-four.

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Posted by Ed:

What could be more Canadian than complaining about complaining? Happy Patriots' Victory Day or Queen Dollard Day or whatever it's called. Happy free Monday!!!

Posted by T.J.:

When I read the words ' true Canadian ' , I feel so ' fake' for those who used them and I regard those so pathetic to label as such . Are there ' not so true' or ' fake ' Canadian ? Go back to school , take a ' critical' or 'logical' thinking class , get educated . T.J.

Anonymous:

Shirley is a typical Canadian. Basically saying if you don't participate you are a bad person, then she shames and blames because she has the 'right' to. You are a bad person after all (sarcasm) how dare you not want to celebrate a holiday. Then she makes you look like the devil because she has pride and you don't. Then she reassures us she is a good person, and in is indeed you - that is the bad one because she says "have a good day" - and that's what good people say. Canada is properly black and white. Maybe that's why - Shirley - people develop alternative points of view and opinions.

Anonymous:

Again only Quebec would celebrate something different than the rest of Canada. Am sick of their attitude! How soon can the rest of Canada celebrate Quebec's independence? That won't come soon enough!!

Anonymous:

By the way it's not a stat holiday in UK, and we are not a colony but a free country

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