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Bonne fête de Victoria!

Soumis par mai 24, 2010 – 8:54 surPas de commentaire

English Bay volleyballIt’s Vic­to­ria Day here in Cana­da today.

For most Cana­dians, the holi­day is the unof­fi­cial start of sum­mer, with bar­be­cues, beach pic­nics, or wee­kends at the lake (au moins si l' wea­ther coopère).

But the Vic­to­ria Day holi­day was ori­gi­nal­ly crea­ted to cele­brate the May 24 bir­th­day of Britain’s Queen Vic­to­ria.

Queen Vic­to­ria, who gover­ned the Bri­tish Empire from 1837 jusqu'à sa mort en 1901, was the ruling monarch at the time of Cana­dian Confe­de­ra­tion — when Cana­da became a nation in 1867.

As a Com­mon­wealth coun­try, Cana­da still has a queen, cur­rent­ly Queen Eli­za­beth II.

Depuis 1957, Vic­to­ria Day has been the offi­cial day to cele­brate the sovereign’s bir­th­day in Cana­da. Although Queen Elizabeth’s actual bir­th­day is April 21, it’s hono­red on Vic­to­ria Day.

Donc, aller à la plage aujourd'hui, and whe­re­ver you are, offer a bir­th­day toast to the queen!

Van­cou­ver’s English Bay pho­to ©Carolyn B. Vrai démon

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