Spring Bank Holiday

Spring Bank Holiday Quick Facts

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2023 Date29 May 2023
2024 Date27 May 2024
Spring Bank Holiday

Spring Bank Holiday History

Spring Bank Holiday is a day off work and school. The day is usually spent catching up with friends and enjoying the early summer weather. As with other Bank Holidays, the origin of the festival is related to archaic religious festivals.

In 1971, the government replaced a previous late May holiday known as Whit Monday, a Christian holiday commemorating the day the Holy Ghost descending to Jesus Christ's disciples and marking the end of the Easter season. The day originally coincided with Easter, but it has since been moved to the end of May and renamed Spring Bank Holiday. The Spring Bank Holiday is celebrated in the UK on the last Monday of May each year.

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Spring Bank Holiday Facts & Quotes

  • The Springs Bank Holiday in 2022 will be moved to June 2nd and an additional Bank holiday (The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee) will be added to June 3rd. A four-day weekend will be created to celebrate The Queens 70th anniversary as monarch.
  • In the British county of Gloucester, a 9 lb wheel of Double Gloucester cheese is rolled down a steep hill. The cheese reaches speeds of up to 70mph. People chase after it, the first person to cross the finish line at the bottom of the hill wins the aforementioned cheese.
  • As with many British holidays, there are layers of history behind the current configuration. Many Pagan rituals like rolling burning bundles of brushwood or scattering buns comprise the larger bank holiday.
  • Bank Holidays were first introduced by the Bank Holidays Act of 1871. This act allocated four holidays in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. Scotland was granted five.
  • No-one's going to stop us doing it. They say it's not official but we are all Brockworth people and we're running the cheese today so it is official. We strongly believe in it - Helen Thorpe, former winner of the Cheese-Roll

Spring Bank Holiday Top Events and Things to Do

  • Enter the Cooper’s Hill Cheese-Rolling race! In the small British village of Brockworth, people climb to the top of Cooper’s Hill and proceed to chase large wheels of cheese down it. The world famous event is organic and takes place spontaneously. A brief period of semi-management did occur but the event is so dangerous (broken arms and legs are common) that it seems no one wants to be held liable.
  • Visit your local park. As a secular holiday, the Late Spring Bank Holiday is usually a time for catching up with friends and family whilst enjoying a day off from work and school.
  • Get on your dancing shoes! In Britain Bank Holidays are famed for their nightlife. Clubs put on large line-ups featuring world class artists, DJs, and bands. Taking advantage of the extra day off means clubs open on Sundays too. Try the Warehouse Project in Manchester or Bussey Building in London.
  • Attend a festival. There are numerous festivals that run on this Bank Holiday. We recommend the popular Hay Festival of Literature & Arts, which has been held since 1988 in Hay-on-Wye (Wales).

Spring Bank Holiday References and Related Sites

www.bbc.co.uk: Cheese in Gloucester

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