Day #64: Bank Holidays

We have a long weekend coming up this weekend, it is Victoria Day on Monday. Well, it is in all of Canada except here, in Québec, where they still rebel against Crown Rule and, in part but not all, seek to be a separate sovereign nation.

Here it’s Patriots’ Day (Journée nationale des patriotes), in which Québec celebrates and honours the rebellion against the British in 1837—the closest Monday to May 25th. Sadly, this year, there will be no celebrations across the province, no reminding the population of their shared heritage (French that is, some how they forget the province was also built by immigrant Scots and the Irish, along with the English. Oh, and let’s not forget, Chinese too.) But that’s another story.

It’s interesting to note the differences in the national holidays here, some they observe, others they don’t, most are renamed for something significant to Quebeckers. And then there are others like June 24, St. John Baptiste Day. This holiday is uniquely Québec, in which there’s a huge music festival out on the plains of Abraham from 7 pm till fireworks at midnight, with all Québec musicians and comedians. And let me tell you, having been to a few, there are tens of thousands who turn up, old and young alike, who picnic in the afternoon out in the fields, in family groups. This is huge here. And yes, great fun too.

I doubt this will take place, this year, due to the corona virus, when people are still suppose to be keeping physically distant. But there again, by the time June 24 rolls around, maybe everyone will turn up regardless, and have one last hurrah! It’s just the kind of dogmatic thing Quebeckers would do.

Like herding cats, you cannot tell them what to do, unless they think it’s a good idea to begin with.

I will especially miss the Summer Music Festival too, as it’s cancelled, which usually runs for 11 days in July. We’ve seen some amazing guests perform on the main stage, here, over the years. And a lot of smaller emerging bands get their first gigs here, at this festival.

I don’t doubt there will be little, if any, celebrations going on this year, anywhere, let alone here given the pandemic. And certainly not till maybe as early as summer next year. And you? What will you miss most this summer, music festivals, book festivals, conventions, summer holidays abroad?

Whatever your summer plans, stay safe out there and take care this coming weekend.


4 Comments Day #64: Bank Holidays

  1. AvatarSophie @BewareOfTheReader May 17, 2020 at 4:26 pm

    No bank holiday here Alexandra!!! But next week is only a two days week so yepeeeeee!

    1. AlexAlex May 17, 2020 at 5:39 pm

      We all have our own holidays, even here in Canada, there are some who have this day or that one. But a two day working week sounds very nice right about now! Enjoy!

  2. AvatarPaula Bardell-Hedley May 15, 2020 at 12:25 pm

    On a personal level, I’ll be very sorry to miss the Hay Book Fest this month. The UK celebrated the 75th anniversary of VE Day on 8th May, but obviously, all celebrations were virtual. Katherine Jenkins sang in an empty Albert Hall (which must have been a strange experience), the red arrows flew over London and several artists performed outside Buck Pal, but like Canada, just about everything has been cancelled for the foreseeable future. Anyhow, I hope you’re feeling much better, Alexandra. All the best to you and your partner. 😊

    1. AlexAlex May 15, 2020 at 2:54 pm

      Ah, yes, I bet, Paula. I know this is one of your favourite, and is usually well organised and attended. And there was not much in the way of VE celebrations here, either, last weekend. Very subdued. It’s really going to be tough on the city, losing out on these events, they are so big. Usually 125,000 people out on the plains. All the lost beer sales!

      Seriously though, thanks, I’m doing so much better and feeling a lot more like myself. I’m thankful for the weight loss, just not that it took getting sick to hit my target. Hope you and yours have a great weekend.

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