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Spring bank holiday

The Spring Bank Holiday in the United Kingdom is a public holiday that falls on the last Monday in May. It has a history rooted in the tradition of bank holidays and has evolved over time. Here is an overview of the origin and history of the Spring Bank Holiday in the United Kingdom:

  1. Bank Holidays Act of 1871: The concept of bank holidays was established in the United Kingdom through the Bank Holidays Act of 1871. This act aimed to create additional days off for workers and allow them to have leisure time. The Act designated specific days as bank holidays, including the Monday after Pentecost Sunday, which is the seventh Sunday after Easter.

  2. Whitsun and Whit Monday: The Spring Bank Holiday was initially known as Whit Monday. The term "Whit" is derived from "Whitsun," which is another name for Pentecost, a Christian holiday that commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit on the disciples of Jesus. Whit Monday was traditionally associated with religious observances, and people would participate in church services and spend time with family and friends.

  3. Change in Date: In 1971, the United Kingdom implemented the Banking and Financial Dealings Act, which introduced a change in the Spring Bank Holiday date. Instead of being fixed on Whit Monday, the holiday was moved to the last Monday in May. This change aimed to create a consistent three-day weekend and provide a more convenient time for leisure activities and family outings.

  4. Spring Celebration: The Spring Bank Holiday has become a time for people to celebrate the arrival of spring, especially as it falls during a time of warmer weather and longer daylight hours. Many communities organize outdoor events, festivals, and parades to mark the holiday. It is also a popular time for people to take short vacations, visit tourist destinations, or enjoy recreational activities.

  5. Association with Half-Term Break: The Spring Bank Holiday often coincides with the school half-term break, providing an extended break for students and families. This allows families to spend time together and plan activities or trips during this period.

Today, the Spring Bank Holiday is a widely observed public holiday in the United Kingdom. It offers people an opportunity to relax, spend time with loved ones, and enjoy the spring season. While its historical roots lie in religious observances, the holiday has transformed into a time for leisure, recreation, and family-oriented activities.

List of dates

Year Weekday Date Name Time
2024 Monday 27 May 2024 Spring bank holiday in 1 month
2025 Monday 26 May 2025 Spring bank holiday in 1 year
2026 Monday 25 May 2026 Spring bank holiday in 2 years
2027 Monday 31 May 2027 Spring bank holiday in 3 years
2028 Monday 29 May 2028 Spring bank holiday in 4 years
2029 Monday 28 May 2029 Spring bank holiday in 5 years
2030 Monday 27 May 2030 Spring bank holiday in 6 years
2031 Monday 26 May 2031 Spring bank holiday in 7 years
2032 Monday 31 May 2032 Spring bank holiday in 8 years
2033 Monday 30 May 2033 Spring bank holiday in 9 years
2034 Monday 29 May 2034 Spring bank holiday in 10 years
2035 Monday 28 May 2035 Spring bank holiday in 11 years
2036 Monday 26 May 2036 Spring bank holiday in 12 years
2037 Monday 25 May 2037 Spring bank holiday in 13 years
2038 Monday 31 May 2038 Spring bank holiday in 14 years
2039 Monday 30 May 2039 Spring bank holiday in 15 years
2023 Monday 29 May 2023 Spring bank holiday 10 months ago
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