Monday, May 19, 2008
(Warning. The following subject may not be of interest to non-Canadians. For that matter, it may not be of any interest to Canadians either.)
I began a post (an entirely different one) regarding the fact that today Canadians celebrate Queen Victoria’s birthday. Queen V. was Britain’s longest reigning monarch. She was in charge of “things” from 1837 – 1901.
I screwed up that post because I got totally confused as to the dates involved. And no wonder. Queen Victoria was born May 24, 1819. Canadians traditionally refer to this celebratory weekend of her birthday as THE VICTORIA DAY WEEKEND, THE 24TH OF MAY LONG WEEKEND or THE MAY 2-4 WEEKEND (like a case of beer).
Today is May 19.
To further confuse me, this weekend we also celebrate the birthday of whoever happens to be the reigning monarch at the time. This would be Queen Elizabeth II. Her date of birth is April 21, 1926. (So, a belated Happy Birthday, Your Majesty, from one of your confused subjects.)
If you want to totally lose your mind, try to make sense of the timing of this holiday. Check the history as to how “those in charge” decided when it is to be celebrated. Go to this link. I dare you to take a quick peek.
I did. And I lost it. I gave up on that original post.
As a polite, respectful (“don’t jump the queue”) typical Canadian, I am simply letting the matter go.
And that is why this post (which is somewhat rambling and incoherent – like my brain at the moment) is basically an explanation for a post that never came to be.
Consider it a non-post. A rather lengthy, but basically saying nothing post.
However, I can offer three facts:
Today is a statutory holiday in Canada.
We will have fireworks displays which frighten my dog.
And no one actually thinks about the rather formidable looking Queen Victoria.