When is Victoria Day ?
A federal Canadian statutory holiday celebrated on the Monday before 25 May.
Victoria Day celebrates the birthday of Queen Victoria (1837-1901). Following the death of Queen Victoria, 24 May was decreed as Empire Day across the British Empire. Today, Canada is the only country who still has a holiday on the day.
Queen Victoria (24 May 1819 – 22 January 1901) was the ruler of the United Kingdom and the British Empire from 20 June 1837 until her death. Victoria reigned for 63 years and seven months, a record only beaten in September 2015 by Queen Elizabeth II.
For many Canadians, Victoria Day marks the unofficial beginning of summer, with many people opening their summer cabins.
Nova Scotia is the only province or territory not to designate the day a statutory holiday.
The holiday is called 'May Two-Four' in some parts of Canada, a name that refers both to the date around which the holiday falls (24 May) and Canadian slang for a case of twenty-four beers (a "two-four"), a drink popular during the long weekend.
As it always falls on a Monday, leading to a long weekend, it may also be known as 'May Long' or 'May Run'.
On Victoria Day, all city, state, and government offices are closed. Schools, post offices, banks, and libraries are also closed. Public transport will run on a reduced holiday schedule.