For those of you who may not know what Victoria Day is really all about, here's a little history.
The British sovereign's birthday has been celebrated in Canada since the reign of Queen Victoria (1837-1901).
Queen Victoria came to the British throne in 1837. In 1840 the Province of Canada was created through the union of modern-day southern Ontario and southern Quebec. In 1845 the province made the Queen’s Birthday an official Canadian public holiday and it changed from a military event to a civilian one. It was in Victoria’s reign that Canada was created and established its distinct identity. Queen Victoria herself declared that Canada was an independent nation. Canada still belongs to the British Commonwealth of Nations, however, along with other former British colonies around the world.
Victoria Day, the third Monday in May, marks the unofficial start of summer for many Canadians. Weekend cottages are opened after a long winter, gardens are planted, and young people camp and attend the first music festivals of summer. Fireworks are used to celebrate this first long weekend of the summer season. The holiday is commonly referred to in Canadian-slang as May two-four; the two-four referencing twenty-four, the number of cans or bottle of beer in a Canadian case of beer.
It is the day used to celebrate both the current monarch of Canada, Queen Elizabeth II, and Queen Victoria who was so key in the establishment of our country.
So, of course Dante, Dylan and Domino have suited up Victorian-style as a nod to Queen Victoria and Canada's British roots.
Dante, as a Victorian gentlemancat salutes the Crown in a timely manner!
Dylan, as a Victorian gentlemancat, is into aerial bathtub racing. Since our roots are British, he's rooting for the Brits!
Domino, as a Victorian ladycat, is all gussied up and gorgeous to celebrate the occasion. She, of course, fancies herself the Queen of Canada. "Sumday dey're gonna calls it DOMINO DAY" says she.
To all our fellow Canadians, we wish them a fantastic Victoria Day holiday, and ...
... to all our American furiends, we wish them a Happy Memorial Day!
Looks like North America is in for a whole lotta fireworks!