What is the May Day Bank Holiday and Why do we Celebrate It?

May Day bank holiday

For the second time in as many weeks, we arrive at another bank holiday weekend. With four day weeks wrapping around the Easter bank holiday weekend in April, the May Day bank Holiday will see families across the country attaching their roofracks and pumping up their tyres yet again to hit the road and catch up with friends and relatives over a long weekend.

What is May Day?

An official acknowledgement of Spring! Falling on May 1st, Morris dancing, maypoles and the crowning a May Queen all go hand-in-hand with the May Day celebrations. But for many, Monday will see long lie-ins and even longer periods of time sat feet-up in front of the TV… with a healthy balance of clothes washing and spring cleaning thrown in for good measure.

When is the next bank holiday?

Once Monday draws to a close and we’re all back at our desks on Tuesday morning, there won’t be long to wait for yet another bank holiday… four weeks, to be precise. The 29th May will be the next bank holiday in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. So it’s fingers crossed for some more sunshine by then! We hope…

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