Today is Victoria Day here in Canada. It is a Canadian Statutory Holiday celebrated on the Monday on or before May 24 in honour of both Queen Victoria's birthday and the current reigning Canadian Sovereign's birthday.
Unofficially, it also marks the beginning of the unofficial "summer season" in Canada, and as such, it is the weekend when many businesses, parks, and other seasonal businesses that operate during warm weather months, will open.
Some of you non-Canadians may wonder why we call this holiday the May Two-Four. This phrase has two meanings that I can think of:
- Victoria Day always falls on or before May 24, and, beer is commonly consumed during holiday celebrations; and,
- A two-four is slang for a case of 24 bottles of beer.
It is important to note that the holiday is still referred to as May Two-Four even if it falls as early as May 18 (i.e. this year, the May Two-Four is being celebrated on May 22).
I only bring up the May Two-Four reference because of something that happened in and around this time as year when I was in Europe. A few friends and I were on a bus heading to our accomodations while we were in Venice, Italy. Due to the Canadian flags on our bags, it was obvious what our nationality was. This Australian girl (Lauren) that was also on the bus must have picked up on this, and then proceeded to ask us about the May Two-Four. So we told her about Victoria Day. At this time, I assumed that it was something celebrated throughout the Commonwealth, but evidently I was wrong.
Here are a couple pics from Venice...
Here is the Basilica di San Marco