Holidays

Today (Aug. 8) is International Cat Day. There are hundreds of unofficial holidays people celebrate around the world just like this one. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

Unofficial holidays: the weird and wonderful things people celebrate around the world

On any given day of the year, there are several strange, silly or serious holidays to observe

Today (Aug. 8) is International Cat Day. There are hundreds of unofficial holidays people celebrate around the world just like this one. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
VIDEO: Easter festivities may be scaled back, but it can still be a fun holiday

VIDEO: Easter festivities may be scaled back, but it can still be a fun holiday

COVID-19 circumstances have dictated that the holidays may not be perfect

VIDEO: Easter festivities may be scaled back, but it can still be a fun holiday
A Seder plate holds symbolic foods in honour of Passover (File contributed/Wikimedia Commons)
A Seder plate holds symbolic foods in honour of Passover (File contributed/Wikimedia Commons)
FILE – Many airlines and hotels are offering free cancellation due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Unsplash)

Worried about your vacation amid the COVID-19 pandemic? Here’s what you can cancel

Many airlines, hotels and Airbnbs have updated policies due to the novel coronavirus

FILE – Many airlines and hotels are offering free cancellation due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Unsplash)
Leap Day, on Feb. 29, only happens every four years. (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)

Leap Year means we get an extra day in February, so how are you spending it?

People online have a number of suggestions and plans on how they will be spending Saturday

Leap Day, on Feb. 29, only happens every four years. (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Couples can celebrate the most romantic day of the year by getting married at an upcoming pop-up event. (File contributed/ Tegan McMartin )

Unique Valentine’s event offers pop-up weddings for couples

The Love Bash will have mini chapels and all the necessities for a wedding

Couples can celebrate the most romantic day of the year by getting married at an upcoming pop-up event. (File contributed/ Tegan McMartin )
Saanich facilities are operating on holiday schedules from Tuesday, Dec. 24. (Black Press File Photo)

Holiday schedules to take effect at Saanich facilities

Closures and changes in open hours Dec. 24 to Jan. 1

Saanich facilities are operating on holiday schedules from Tuesday, Dec. 24. (Black Press File Photo)
In this Nov. 22, 2018, file photo people wait in line to buy televisions as they shop during an early Black Friday sale at a Best Buy store on Thanksgiving Day in Overland Park, Kan. Black Friday is Nov. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

Why is it called ‘Black Friday’ anyway?

The name origins of the infamous shopping day have a darker background

In this Nov. 22, 2018, file photo people wait in line to buy televisions as they shop during an early Black Friday sale at a Best Buy store on Thanksgiving Day in Overland Park, Kan. Black Friday is Nov. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)
People will dress up in costumes for the upcoming Day of the Dead celebration (Black Press File Photo)

Celebrate the Day of the Dead in downtown Victoria

The seventh Dia de los Muertos celebration is happening on Nov. 2

People will dress up in costumes for the upcoming Day of the Dead celebration (Black Press File Photo)
John Daescuion enjoys a thanksgiving lunch at Our Place. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

More than 600 people enjoy Thanksgiving lunch at Victoria’s Our Place

Community members and volunteers cook and serve the holiday favourite

John Daescuion enjoys a thanksgiving lunch at Our Place. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
Early ideas of some of the elements which could be incorporated in the upcoming Lights of Wonder holiday light village. (File contributed/ DVBA)

Massive holiday light village coming to downtown Victoria

The Downtown Victoria Business Association’s ‘Lights of Wonder’ festival begins Dec. 13

Early ideas of some of the elements which could be incorporated in the upcoming Lights of Wonder holiday light village. (File contributed/ DVBA)
The exterior of Heather Dickson’s Oak Bay home decorated for Christmas. Don Denton photography

Picture Perfect House of Christmas Decorations

Heather Dickson shows off her curated Christmas collections

  • Dec 24, 2018
The exterior of Heather Dickson’s Oak Bay home decorated for Christmas. Don Denton photography
Calvados Toddy with De Vine Barrel Aged Apple Brandy Pomme at Vis-A-Vis. Don Denton photography

Winter Warmers, Hot Drinks to Warm Up The Holiday Season

Heating up liquid refreshments for enjoyment and health

  • Dec 19, 2018
Calvados Toddy with De Vine Barrel Aged Apple Brandy Pomme at Vis-A-Vis. Don Denton photography
Meat and Greet with Butcher Geoff Pinch

Meat and Greet with Butcher Geoff Pinch

Specialty meats are perfect for holiday entertaining

  • Dec 10, 2018
Meat and Greet with Butcher Geoff Pinch
Art and Views in Equal Measure at Stonehouse Bed and Breakfast

Art and Views in Equal Measure at Stonehouse Bed and Breakfast

Salt Spring Island visitors can enjoy the character and comfort

  • Sep 6, 2018
Art and Views in Equal Measure at Stonehouse Bed and Breakfast
Brian Wismath will be conducting Handel’s Messiah Dec. 15 and 17, performed by the Victoria Symphony Orchestra and the Victoria Choral Society. (Photo submitted)

Choir director adds orchestra baton for Messiah performance at University of Victoria

Victoria Symphony Orchestra to perform holiday classic with community choir

Brian Wismath will be conducting Handel’s Messiah Dec. 15 and 17, performed by the Victoria Symphony Orchestra and the Victoria Choral Society. (Photo submitted)