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Posted : 2009-05-19 21:50
Updated : 2009-05-19 21:50

Canadians Invite Community to Victoria Day BBQ

By John Redmond
Contributing Writer

The Canadian Women's Club will be hosting a Victoria Day Canadian Community BBQ on May 22, co-sponsored and held at the Canadian embassy from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Proceeds from the event will go toward charities the group supports, including Aeranwon, a shelter for unwed mothers and mothers-to-be, and First Steps, a Canadian humanitarian organization whose purpose is to prevent childhood malnutrition in North Korea.

Victoria Day, colloquially known colloquially as May Two-Four, May Long or May Run, is a federal Canadian statutory holiday celebrated on the last Monday before or on May 24 in honour of both Queen Victoria's birthday and the current reigning Canadian sovereign's official birthday, and is also considered an informal mark of the beginning of the summer season.

It has been observed since before Canada was formed, originally falling on the sovereign's actual birthday, and continues to be celebrated in various ways across the country.

However, since the Quiet Revolution in Quebec, the same day was unofficially known in the province as Fete de Dollard until 2003, when provincial legislation officially named the same date as Victoria Day the National Patriots' Day.

Tickets are 10,000 won and the price includes a BBQ burger or hot dog, salad, Canadian trivia and tunes. Drinks, including beer, will also be available.

Space is limited and with advance tickets only. Tickets are also available from Paula Taddeo (taddeopaula@yahoo.com).

johnredmond@koreatimes.co.kr

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