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May Long Weekend

Dr. Linda Hancock 16. The Sixteenth Year Home and Family Home and Family_Holidays Home and Family_Holidays_Victoria Day New Articles News and Society News and Society_World Pandemic

Well, we are in pandemic lockdown again but that doesn’t change the dates on the calendar.   No matter what happens, one of the favourite holidays, May long weekend with soon be here. Many people look forward to this date for a number of reasons.   Which one would apply to you?” CAMPING – When the weather is nice it is fun to head for a vacation spot with family and gear.   Perhaps a boat, kayak or bikes will add fun to the few days away from home.   And of course, there will be barbecue foods and marshmallows to roast. ROYAL FAMILY...

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Royalty: Victoria Day and Queen Elizabeth II

Dr. Linda Hancock 12. The Twelfth Year Home and Family Home and Family_Holidays Home and Family_Holidays_Victoria Day

This year Victoria Day is scheduled for May 22. Although the holiday was named for Queen Victoria, it is her granddaughter Queen Elizabeth who is now honoured on that date. Queen Elizabeth was 91 years old on April 21. Despite this, she moves forward in her reign with a schedule and energy that many who are decades longer could not match. She had 294 engagements in 2016! Movies and documentaries outline the sixty years that she has been on the throne. I believe that none of these, however, describe the importance that she has placed on separation of her personal...

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A Day Off!

Dr. Linda Hancock 10. The Tenth Year Home and Family Home and Family_Holidays Home and Family_Holidays_Victoria Day iStock

May 24th was the date that Queen Victoria of England was born. On her thirty-fifth birthday, in 1854, legislation was passed to celebrate her birthday in Canada. That year, over 5,000 gathered on May 24th in Toronto to "give cheers to their queen". It wasn't until after the death of Queen Victoria, who was deemed to be the "Mother of Confederation" that a law was made to remember and honour her every year on May 24th. In Canada we celebrate Victoria Day on the Monday preceding May 25th regardless of the actual date. This a federal statutory holiday but the...

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