Victoria Day

Victoria Day is a legal holiday throughout Canada remembered as "the twenty-fourth of May, the Queen's Birthday." It celebrates, in fact, the birthdays of Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II. Victoria Day was established as a holiday in Canada West in 1845, and as a NATIONAL HOLIDAY by Parliament in 1901. The movement to turn the queen's birthday into an occasion to salute the British Empire resulted in its association from the 1890s on with EMPIRE DAY. Since 1952 Victoria Day has been observed on the first Monday preceding May 25.