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Today we are celebrating Victoria Day in Canada… a Day Off!

Victoria Day is all about Queen Victoria’s Birthday, lots of details on Wikipedia:

Victoria Day (in French: Fête de la Reine) is a federal Canadian public 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.

There’s lots of history about this holiday, it goes way back.

Historically, for young males (and some females), in my part of the world, this was the first long weekend of the year to let loose, have some fun, drink a little even. We all called it “May Two Four” it being so close to the 24th of May. However, there are twenty four bottles in a case of beer… coincidence?

When I was younger, a typical May Two-Four long-weekend included one main ingredient… beer. Friends were nice to have around as well. Usually we went camping, caused a bit of trouble and came home with lots of stories.

Now I’m a little older, a little wiser and I really, really miss those days. At least I have those stories…

Happy Victoria Day everyone!

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