Victoria Day - Edinburgh Public Holiday

Submitted by edg on Mon, 4 Apr '16 7.08am
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Portrait of Queen Victoria by Franz Winterhalter 1943
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Victoria Day is a public holiday in Edinburgh. The day harks back to the heyday of the British Empire, with the cause of celebration a British monarch, Queen Victoria, who died over a hundred years ago. Queen Victoria was born on 20 June 1819 and died on 22 January 1901 after a 63 year reign.

Victoria Day is a "local" holiday as opposed to a national holiday - for example, the City of Glasgow does not mark Victoria Day. Victoria Day is also not a bank holiday.

In Edinburgh, Council offices and libraries will be open but schools will be shut.

The date of Victoria Day is typically the last Monday before or on 24th May, the official birthday of the reigning monarch.

In Canada, where Victoria Day is a statutory holiday throughout the country, people fondly refer to Victoria Day as "May 2-4." A 2-4 is slang for a pack of 24 beers.