Happy Victoria Day! Referred to as “the May 2-4 weekend” by many of us across Canada, this long weekend in May was created to celebrate Queen Victoria.
The British queen was born on May 24, 1819. Victoria Day was declared a Canadian holiday by the government in 1845. At that time, it was celebrated with picnics, parades, sporting tournaments, fireworks and cannon salutes.
When Queen Victoria died in 1901, Canada’s parliament officially named the holiday Victoria Day. It was decided that the day would be celebrated on May 24th each year (or on May 25th if the 24th fell on a Sunday).1
We understand all of the traditions of this long weekend in Canada may not be doable this year, so here are some ideas to begin a few fun new ones.
Cheers to the Royal
What exactly makes a cocktail a royal(e) one? It dates back to the 17th century and encompasses any cocktail that includes Champagne or sparkling wine to top it off. You can read the full history here in Punch’s article.
Our Pelee Island Lola Sparkling Secco VQA can be used to top off your royal beverage. Of course, we think it’s very regal on its own too.
Share your royal creations with us on social media by tagging @peleewinery
Dressing the Part
If you’re going to celebrate like a royal, a crown is in order. No matter your age, crafting up these crowns provides some fun.
Cut and Paste – use scraps of holiday wrapping paper or construction paper for these simple Paper Crowns.
Origami – same as above for paper requirements, Origami Crowns
Feeling Floral – paper, faux, fancy or dandelions from the yard, here are the simple basics for making Flower Crowns
A Royal Binge
We polled our team and came up with these royal-themed favourites for your holiday weekend viewing pleasure.
Series + Documentaries on Netflix
The Last Czar
The Royal House of Windsor
The Young Victoria
Victoria and Abdul
The Royal Tenenbaum’s
The King’s Speech
Whether you call it Victoria Day or May 2-4, treat yourself royally and have a safe and happy long weekend.
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1. CBC Canada