Today is Victoria Day. Mrs. Clementina Fessenden of Hamilton, ON began Victoria Day in 1897 to stimulate patriotism. The day commemorates the birthday of Queen Victoria (1837 - 1901) on May 24, 1819. It has been customary for people of the British Commonwealth to celebrate the birthday of the ruling monarch as a patriotic holiday. Even after Queen Victoria's death, people in the Britich Commonwealth continued to celebrate her birthday as an expression of loyalty to the British Empire. The day was originally called Empire Day then in 1947 the name was changed to Commonwealth Day and is now known as Victoria Day. The official holiday on the Monday before May 25 celebrates Victoria Dan and the official birthday of the reigning monarch.
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