For Canadians, today is a public holiday celebrating Queen Victoria and her reign.
As of October last year, Victoria is no longer the longest reigning English monarch. Queen Elizabeth II has now claimed that record, and Victoria Day is also a celebration of her birthday (which is actually in April).
Victoria Day is the oldest public holiday in Canada. It’s been celebrated since 1845, when Queen Victoria turned 35. In 1845 the actual birth date was celebrated (May 24), but now the public holiday is always scheduled for the Monday preceding May 25, which nearly always coincides with the United States’ Memorial Day.
If you’re having a long weekend today – enjoy!