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Before you begin reading, I must warn you: this article is slightly self serving but I know everyone can relate. This Friday is my birthday! As it approached I began thinking about birthdays in general. I have come to some conclusions, that I would like to share.
There are three types of birthday people. Which one are you?
1) The Birthday Proclaimer: this person has no problem telling you that it’s their birthday. There, of course, are various levels of this person. The one, like me, who will tell you that it’s their birthday with a big grin on their face and are looking for a little sentiment for being born this day x amount of years ago. And then there is the ultimate Birthday Proclaimer who will wear a birthday pin all day and may also have a ‘Happy Birthday’ helium balloon attached to them to follow them around.
2) The Birthday Protestor: this person wants nothing to do with their birthday. They won’t have it posted on their Facebook, they won’t mention the date of their birthday and they definitely won’t tell anyone that it’s their birthday the day of! They don’t want to have a celebration, they don’t want you to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ and they really don’t want the homemade birthday card I spent an hour making (oops).
3) The Birthday Down-Player: this person will not come out and tell you that it’s their birthday but if you realize and wish them a ‘Happy Birthday’ they will be happy. They may have a small celebration with their friends but they don’t want a big shin-dig, they don’t want the office to bring them a cake and candles but a card will be appreciated.
With the advent of Facebook and Twitter and all other things social media, Birthday wishes have changed. After some further thought, I realized that there is not only 3 types of birthday people but various types of birthday wishers on social media:
- The Once-A-Year: one Facebook message/year that says ‘happy birthday.’ There may be a smiley face included.
- The Friend That Should Have Called. Pretty self explanatory.
- The Who-the-Heck-Is-This: this person leaves a lovely message but you have no idea who they are. You want to say thank-you but you aren’t sure if you are being a jerk because you can’t remember them or if they are completely random and maybe a little creepy.
- The Genuine Facebook Post: this person took the time to write a lovely message to you, upload a funny photo from your past or find the perfect image on Google to make you laugh on your birthday and make you feel special.
Now that I have summed up Birthday People and Birthday Wishers, there is only one thing left for me to do: go and celebrate my birthday! Cheers!
In Canada, Victoria Day started in 1845 to celebrate Queen Victoria’s birthday on May 24th, as the mother of Confederation. The Canadian government marked that the Monday before May 25th would be the day every year that Canadians would honour Queen Victoria’s Birthday, as well as celebrate the reigning sovereign’s birthday as well.
To most Canadians however, Victoria Day means shaking off the spring time showers of April and kicking off the summer season! Niagara Falls is the perfect place to celebrate Victoria Day with lots of exciting attractions and great outdoor activities, not to mention the famous firework display over the Falls!
There are some different ways to celebrate the long weekend here in Niagara Falls. For a more action packed long weekend, why not try your luck at the Casino and then walk down Clifton Hill and ride on the SkyWheel for a perfect view of the Falls. Be prepared to wait in some lines and have it a little crowded; this option seems to be a visitor favourite.
Or if you are looking for a different way to celebrate your long weekend, a hike through the Niagara Gorge would be a great nice weather activity or a walk along the Niagara parkway. Of course, after that you would need to wet your whistle with some patio drinks along Lundy’s Lane at the Croft Lounge at The Best Western Plus Cairn Croft!
This year, the GO train will be running from Toronto to Niagara throughout the whole Victoria Day weekend! Plan your visit with the train schedule and avoid the traffic that usually follows the holidays.
2013 marks the 20th anniversary of Canada’s longest running firework series, right here in Niagara Falls. If you have ever seen the fireworks as they launch up into the dark sky and burst into spectacular colours over the magnificent Niagara Falls, then you know why this series has been running for so long. And if you haven’t experienced this for yourself, this year is the perfect year to do so.
Starting on May 17th and going all summer long, every Friday, Sunday and Holiday, you can enjoy a free concert in Queen Victoria Park before the beautiful fireworks display. The Coca Cola Concert series will begin at 8pm, showcasing some of Niagara’s favourite local talent. As the band plays, the sky will darken and by the end of their show, the sky will be perfect for the 10pm firework show. Don’t miss out on the opportunity this summer to hear great bands and see beautiful fireworks!