celebration of Great Britain's longest reigning monarch, Victoria Day is an annual celebration which occurs on the last Monday prior to May 25th.
Watch for 2013 celebrations kicking off across Canada and other former British colonies on Monday, May 20.
In Canada, Victoria Day is a dual celebration of the birthdays of Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II. Established as a holiday in Ontario in 1845,
it became a national Canadian holiday in 1901. Today, Victoria Day also serves serves as the unofficial start of a Canadian summer and a great day for barbecues and spectacular fireworks displays.
More about Victoria Day around the Web:
Find out more about the celebration (aka Firecracker Day or Fête de la Reine) along with fun facts, party ideas, kids' activities, special events, and a bit of trivia about Victoria
Day celebrations ...
Day - The official Canadian Heritage site with a brief
history and overview of other royal birthday observances.