Monday, May 23, 2011

Happy Victoria Day 2011

We here in Canada are celebrating Queen Victoria's birthday today. 

Sure, she's been dead for 110 years now but we don't let a little something like that stop us.  Her actual birthday was May 24th but the official date for this holiday is now recognized on the last Monday on or preceding that date. 

Traditionally, 21 gun salutes were often used to mark this official occasion.  Alternatively, according to Wikipedia, "in New Westminster, BC, the Victoria Day weekend is distinguished by the Hyack Anvil Battery Salute, a tradition created during colonial times as a surrogate for a 21-gun salute: Gunpowder is placed between two anvils, the top one upturned, and the charge is ignited, hurling the upper anvil into the air." 

Nowadays, we mostly set off fireworks, as some of my neighbours did last night.


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