Monday, 23 May 2005

Victorian values

I wonder why it's a holiday today in Edinburgh. I don't believe that I'd even heard of Victoria Day before moving here from London.

1 comment:

David Farrer said...

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Sounds like a good idea to me; I lived in Edinburgh during my early childhood, but it's too long ago to remember if he had this holiday then.

By the way, 24th May was Queen Victoria's birthday and for various reasons (in Canada, at least) the 'Soveriegn's Birthday' is always celebrated on the Monday preceding the 25th May. That's the significance of the date - I suppose Edinburgh must have kept up the tradition. Of course we now celebrate the Queen's 'official' birthday in June, largely for reasons of weather.

Two Canadian websites give more background about why it is a Monday:
23 May 2005, 12:58:45 GMT+01:00 – Like – Reply

The long Victoria Day weekend falls at the time of year when the weather is usually best in the West Highlands, and gives you 4 days to get there and enjoy it. That leaves rain-sodden, midge-infested July and Auigust for the southern cousins. When I lived in Edinburgh I thought it a wonderful scheme.
23 May 2005, 12:27:37 GMT+01:00 – Like – Reply

David Farrer
Pupils at state schools are off today and tomorrow but I note that Tony Blair's alma mater doesn't recognise Victoria Day!
23 May 2005, 10:54:20 GMT+01:00 – Like – Reply

Mark Holland
Odd. It doesn't look like you have this instead of the Whit Monday holiday next week. Does that mean the schools are on half term this week?
23 May 2005, 09:38:37 GMT+01:00