Kawartha Lakes Mums - How Are You Celebrating Your Long Weekend?
Victoria Day has a long, complicated history, especially in Quebec, which is where National Patriots’ Day and Dollard Day originated. Here is a bit of a time line:
- 1845, May 24 commemorated the birthday of Queen Victoria and officially Queen’s Day,
- 1866 Omemee mounted a day long fête to celebrate the Queen's Birthday
- 1901 after Queen Victoria's death Queen’s Day, became Empire Day a moveable celebration coinciding with the birthday of the ruling British monarch
- 1952 Empire Day was permanently set for the Monday preceding May 24
- 1958, Empire Day was renamed Commonwealth Day,
- 1977 Commonwealth Day was moved to the beginning of March, and May 24 holiday once again became Victoria Day.
- 1990 Bethany starts Victoria Day Weekend Celebrations -the must do event for this weekend
According to the Farmers Almanac, Quebecois have never celebrated Victoria Day. Instead, Quebec created an unofficial holiday, Fête de Dollard, coincide with the same date. This day honoured Quebecois military hero Adam Dollard des Ormeaux. In 2003, Quebec’s provincial government made the day an official holiday, renaming it National Patriots’ Day, “to underline the importance of the struggle of the patriots of 1837– 1838 for the national recognition of our people, for its political liberty and to obtain a democratic system of government.”
So when is the current Queen's Birthday? While today is set aside to celebrate the Queen's Birthday, these are belated birthday wishes- April 21 is the actual birthday of Queen Elizabeth II.Did you know she will soon be the longest reigning British Monarch?
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