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Monday, May 23, 2005


Monday, May 23rd – Victoria Day

Today is a special edition of Ask Doctor English, as we celebrate Victoria Day, a statutory holiday for many Canadians. As Canada is a Commonwealth country, we recognize the Queen of England as our ruling monarch. Victoria Day is a celebration of the birthday of Queen Victoria, who was born on May 24, 1819. Even after Queen Victoria’s death, we have continued to celebrate this day to show loyalty to the British Empire. In Canada, the celebration of her birthday takes place every year on the Monday prior to May 25th.

Victoria Day was established as a holiday in Canada West (now Ontario) in 1845 and became a national holiday in 1901. In the early 1900’s it was called Empire Day, and in 1947 it was renamed Commonwealth Day. The holiday is now officially referred to as Victoria Day.

Many cities in Canada hold special events on Canada Day. If you are in Victoria on May 23rd, there is a parade starting at 9:00AM in downtown Victoria on Douglas Street. This is Victoria's largest parade event, with over 150 entries including marching bands, floats, and clowns. Over 90,000 spectators watch this popular annual event. Check the local events listings in your Canadian city for other Victoria Day celebrations.

If you would like more information on Victoria Day, or CANADIAN, EH?, please email Doctor English with your questions at drenglish@vec.ca.


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