Today, here in Canada, and in the rest of the Commonwealth Countries, it was Victoria Day. That translates roughly as “holiday.” For the sake of my readers who are not from a Commonwealth country, here is an explanation of what Victoria Day is.
Victoria Day is so named, because it is the celebration of the birthday of Queen Victoria…a long dead queen whose real name was Bertha. Now “Bertha” is not a very royal sounding name, so the people of England decided to call her “Victoria” instead. She was called Victoria because she reigned during the period called the “Victorian Era”. A common mis-conception is that the Era was named after the queen, but the reverse is actually the case.
You may be wondering why the era was called the Victorian Era if it wasn’t named after the queen. It was named so because of furniture. That’s right. During this time period, a furniture maker by the name of Victor Fitzpatrick started to make a style of furniture that became so popular that anyone who was anybody simply had to furnish their homes with it. As a result of Victor’s success as a furniture manufacturer, it didn’t take long before everybody tried to capitalize on Victor’s good name. Clothing makers called their clothing “Victorian”- as if their clothing could make you look like a wardrobe…
So, in short, if it weren’t for a furniture maker named Victor, today would be “Bertha Day”.