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    Happy Victoria Day, Canucks!

    Victoria Day (French: Fête de la Reine) is a Canadian statutory holiday celebrated on the last Monday before or on May 24 in honor of both Queen Victoria's birthday and the current reigning Canadian Sovereign's birthday.

    While Victoria Day is often thought of as a purely Canadian event, it is also celebrated in some parts of Scotland, particularly in Edinburgh and Dundee, where it is also a public holiday.

    The birthday of the Monarch was a day for celebration in Canada long before Confederation. On May 24, 1854, 5,000 residents of Upper Canada gathered in front of Government House (near present day King and Simcoe Streets, in Toronto) to give cheers to their Queen.[1]

    Since 1901 the date of May 24 was known throughout the British Empire as Empire Day. An amendment to the Statutes of Canada in 1952 moved the holiday to the Monday before 25 May. However, over the decades the official date of the reigning Sovereign's birthday changed through various Royal proclamations. For Edward VII it continued on 24 May, but was 3 June for George V, 23 June for Edward VIII (their actual birthdays), and various days between 20 May and 14 June through George VI's reign as King of Canada. From 1953 Empire Day was made the date of Queen Elizabeth II's official birthday in Canada by annual Vice-regal proclamation, the link being made permanent in 1957. In 1958 Empire Day was renamed Commonwealth Day.

    In 1977 Commonwealth Day was moved to the second Monday in March, but Canadians continued to celebrate Victoria Day in May.

    The reigning Canadian Monarch has been in Canada for their official birthday twice: the first time being on 20 May, 1939, when King George VI was on a coast-to-coast tour of Canada and his official birthday was celebrated with a Trooping the Colour ceremony on Parliament Hill. The second time was when Queen Elizabeth II was in Canada from 17 May to 25 May 2005, to mark the centennials of the entries of Saskatchewan and Alberta into Confederation; no events were organized to acknowledge this fact.

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    Re: Happy Victoria Day, Canucks!

    Thanks Zeus ;D and in honour of the Queen I'm going to sit in front of the computer, read about (aboot) football and drink coffee

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    Re: Happy Victoria Day, Canucks!

    Do Canadians have the day off?

    eh! eh! eh!

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    Re: Happy Victoria Day, Canucks!

    CANUCKS don't get the day off because they are not in the playoffs.
    they need to practice their skillZ and stop trying so hard to be amercians...

    remember as Mrs. Bruflocksky says.."M.A.C."

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    Re: Happy Victoria Day, Canucks!

    Suckers. We do get the day off. It is also pretty much only known as May two four in Canada, named after a case of beer. It's the first long weekend we have any heat around here and it's strictly for partying and camping. Like july 4th but with more beer and harder partying.


    Not to mention all the drunk people with fireworks.

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