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Victoria Day

A portrait in Ottawa City Hall of Queen Victoria, first sovereign of a confederated Canada
Holiday information
NameVictoria Day
Official name 
 
Also calledMay Long Weekend, May Long, May Two-Four, May Run
Observed byCanadians
Typerequired
DateMonday preceeding May 25
CelebrationsFireworks, parades
Related toBirthday of Queen Victoria

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Victoria Day (in French: Fête de la Reine) is a federal Canadian statutory holiday celebrated on the last Monday before May 25, in honour of Queen Victoria's birthday. The date is also, simultaneously, that on which the current reigning Canadian sovereign's official birthday is recognized. It is sometimes informally considered as marking the beginning of the summer season in Canada.

The holiday has been observed since before Canada was formed, originally falling on the sovereign's actual birthday, and continues to be celebrated in various fashions across the country on the fixed date. In Quebec, the same day was, since the Quiet Revolution, unofficially known as Fête de Dollard until 2003, when provincial legislation officially named the same date as Victoria Day the National Patriots' Day.


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