Victoria Day celebrates Queen Victoria’s birthday (May 24th). At 18, she took over the throne upon her fathers death and then married her first cousin, Prince Albert. Her reign of 63 years and 7 months, which is longer than any other British monarch, and the longest of any female monarch in history, became known as the Victorian Era. Queen Victoria was a national icon.
Victorian women are often thought of as repressed, however that wasn’t necessarily the reality for many women at the time. Victorian England, was a place of casual drug use, and opium, cocaine, and marijuana were legal and not highly regulated. The History Channel released a documentary titled “Hooked: Illegal Drugs and How They Got That Way.” In this documentary one of the experts interviewed, claimed that Queen Victoria used marijuana to relieve menstrual cramps.
Today, Victoria Day always falls on a Monday, making this holiday part of a long weekend, known as the Victoria Day Weekend or as we like to call it May Two-Four. This weekend is one of the peak weekends of the year for consuming beer.
The Victoria Day Weekend is also the first popular weekend for spring/summer travel. Lots of people open up their cottages, plant gardens, or just get away.
Wishing Queen Victoria a happy birthday and the traveller types, social lights, shopoholics, and foodies an indulgently guilt free holiday. xo
- Samantha Maker