5 Fun Facts About The Spring Bank Holiday

Friday, 24th May 2019 / Weekly Blog

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The Spring Bank Holiday, or otherwise known as late May Bank Holiday is a nice day off work and school for most people in the UK, and it falls on the last Monday of the month of May. Here are some facts you never knew about this public holiday.


1.   Origins

The Spring Bank Holiday used to be on the Monday after Pentecost, otherwise known as Whitsun or Whit Monday. This was a holiday in the Christian calendar which is a moving feast determined by the date of Easter. This is still a holiday in over 30 countries around the world.

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2.  Permanent Change

Until 1967, Whit Monday (which the date shifted year on year) was a formal Bank Holiday in the UK. In 1971 however after a trial period it was shifted to fall on the last Monday of May every year and to be called the Spring Bank Holiday. It’s not known why this changed but it might have been in order to cease confusion.

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3.  The Queen’s Jubilee

The Bank Holiday was moved again for a year in 2002 to June 4th in order to give people a four day weekend to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s Golden Jubilee which was her 50th year of accession to the throne.  The Bank Holiday was also moved for one year in 2012 to June 4th again to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee this time.

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4.  Peculiar Customs

While most will take a trip, go for a walk, or catch up with friends, others around the country will participate in some strange customs.  On this day every year, people race down a steep hill following a large round cheese on Cooper's Hill in Brockworth, Gloucestershire, and the first person to cross the finishing line wins a Double Gloucester cheese weighing about 8lbs. In Endon in Staffordshire, the villagers dress their well, hold a village celebration and crown a girl as the Well Dressing Queen. Local men hold a competition, known as 'Tossing the Sheaf', in which they compete to see who can toss a bale of straw the highest. In other places, boats are blessed, Morris dancers put on displays and local festivals are held.

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5.  A Holiday with no name!

Since becoming a Bank Holiday in 1971, the official the legislation did not and still does not specify a name for the holiday, merely when it occurs i.e. last Monday of May.  While most people call it Spring Bank Holiday, it’s also known as Late May Bank Holiday, and Summer Half Term Bank Holiday.

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