So how bizarre is this?
Monday is Victoria Day, a statutory holiday in Canada. I'd never heard of it before I moved here, and had no clue what it was all about. The capital of the province of British Columbia is called Victoria, so I asked a Canadian friend if each province celebrates its capital city, or something like that? She stared at me in astonishment and informed me that the holiday actually commemorates Queen Victoria's birthday.
We don't celebrate it in the UK.
Every Canadian I tell this to is astonished.
Ah well, it's a good excuse for a long weekend*. There is one stat holiday per month from May through to January, so this is the start of something good! Unfortunately Mr E Man and I have to do some minor renovations to our basement suite this weekend before we can rent it out again.
Monday is looking good for this:
It's a small price to pay for the first warm sunny weather of the year! Saturday might be a beach day!
Have a great weekend, whether it is a 2 or 3 day break.
*Victoria Day is often known as May Long, as in May Long Weekend. I heard a great story from a friend's brother who used to live in the States. He'd mentioned this holiday, and his American friend commented that it was wonderful that Canada was so progressive and celebrated exotic holidays from other cultures. Wondering what was so progressive about a former colony celebrating a British holiday, the Canadian asked his friend to explain. Turns out the American had misheard the holiday as Mae-Lhong or similar and thought it was Chinese...