Victoria Day is a federal Canadian statutory holiday celebrated on the last Monday on or before May 24, in honor of both Queen Victoria's birthday and the current reigning Canadian Sovereign's official birthday. It is sometimes informally considered as marking the beginning of the summer season in Canada. The holiday has been observed since before Canada was formed, originally falling on the sovereign's actual birthday, and continues to be celebrated in various fashions across the country on the fixed date. (Wikipedia)
Victoria Day, to me, is definitely the unofficial beginning of summer. My grandparents, used this date as permission to plant their annuals. Although I believe it has been safe this year, to plant prior to this weekend, I still have not put any annuals in my pots. I'm quite a traditionalist, and it just didn't seem right. I did put a couple new perennials in the ground last weekend, but my annuals are still at the garden center waiting for me!
The other duty that falls to many on the Victoria Day weekend, is the opening of the cottage, trailer, camp etc. We will open our trailer this weekend. The bedding is all freshly laundered, and ready to go. I will give the trailer a good cleaning, wash up the dishes, and prepare for another season of camping. The family all is preparing in their own way for this weekend. Hubby is getting ready to build a shed by the trailer. Daughter #1 is going to be taking Daughter #2's graduation photos. They are excited to do this in the field near the trailer. Our son has been working on his RC car in preparation for driving it around the field, and through the river. I wonder if it will still be in working order when we come home Monday?? ;0)
Wherever your path takes you this weekend, I hope you are able to squeeze in some rest and relaxation and a bit of fun too!