… because Victoria Day is celebrated on the last Monday before May 25th… and May 25th is a Sunday this year… so May 19th is “the last Monday before the 25th”.
So the long weekend is actually a week early (and nowhere near the 24th)!
… Victoria Day (in French: Fête de la Reine) is a federal Canadian public holiday celebrated on the last Monday before May 25, in honour of Queen Victoria’s birthday. (wiki)
… colloquially known as May Two-Four in parts of Canada; a double entendre that refers both to the date around which the holiday falls (May 24) and the Canadian slang for a case of twenty-four beers (a “two-four”). (wiki)
Canada is the only country that commemorates Queen Victoria with an official holiday.
On May 5, 1862, the Mexican Army, against all odds, defeated French forces in the Battle of Puebla. On Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for the 5th of May), many Mexicans around the world celebrate their Mexican ancestry and people of all backgrounds can take the time to appreciate Mexican culture.
Usually Cinco de Mayo is celebrated with parades, special dinners and Mexican themed parties (Hummus Brothers are doing a special Cinco de Mayo day here).
If you’re looking for an alternative way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, I have some other suggestions…
#5. Quickly fly to Mexico and immerse yourself in the culture. Or walk around the back yard in sandals and tacky tourist ware asking where the cabana is.
#4. Tell that joke about the sheep’s favourite Christmas song: Fleece Navidad.
#3. Have mayo on everything (BOOOO!).
#2. Gather ’round the TV and watch game two. No wait, that would be Cinco de Ducks-o.
#1. Hot fries, hot gravy, guacamole, salsa and cheese curd all baked in a taco shell crust (hangin’ from the ceiling…) and you have a Poutine Piñata!
Shrove Tuesday (also known as Pancake Tuesday and Pancake Day) is the day preceding Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent.
The expression “Shrove Tuesday” comes from the word shrive, meaning “confess.” A popular practice associated with celebrations before fasting.
The term Mardi gras is French for Fat Tuesday, referring to the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season, which begins on Ash Wednesday.
So I guess the whole idea is to prepare for fasting by chowing down on some “rich and fatty” pancakes.
Mike’s top five other uses for the word “Shrove”.
#5. Hey kids, no pushing and shroving!
#4. Sorry I’m late, I shrove as fast as I could.
#3. Shrover! Here boy! Where are ya Shrover?!
#2. I meant to shrart, but I think I just shrove.
#1. With all this damn snow, I’ll be shroveling the driveway all day!