Thursday, 8 May 2014

Bank Holidays

Dorothy and friends had a lovely day last Monday. It was May Day bank Holiday and they went to Aldeburgh in Suffolk. There is lots to do there, Aldeburgh is not just famous for its fish and chips which were officially voted the best in the country! It boasts a lovely shingle beach, (perfect for eating those fish and chips on) and Dorothy particularly loves the boating pond. The promenade is perfect for scooting (mind those pedestrians!) and there are some lovely shops to keep Mum and Dad happy.


What did YOU get up to on Bank Holiday? Do you have any plans for the next one? And, perhaps you are wondering just what a "Bank Holiday" is?

"Bank Holiday - A day on which british banks are officially closed, kept as a public holiday."

Doesn't really help, does it? I mean, Banks are closed on Sundays too... and after 3pm, and Saturday afternoons. And why is everyone ELSE on holiday then too?

The first official bank holidays were the four days named in the Bank Holidays Act of Parliament of  1871, but today the term is used for public holidays which are not officially bank holidays, for example Good Friday and Christmas Day. These are "Common Law" holidays, which means we have had a holiday on those days for so long they are considered official, but actually no government has ever ruled that they are proper holidays.

The first four Bank Holidays were important dates for people many years ago. They were 1st May (May Day), 1st November (All Saints Day), Good Friday (when Jesus was crucified), and Christmas Day. They were days when people thought it was right that no one should work, make a payment or take payment for anything and everyone should have a rest to think about the religious significance (importance) of the day.

Later additions - New Year's Day and May Day came after 1971. The date of the August bank holiday was changed from the first Monday in August to the last Monday in August, and the Whitsun bank holiday (Whit Monday) was replaced by the Late Spring Bank Holiday, fixed as the last Monday in May. Scotland is slightly different.

(Whitsun is when Christians believe the apostles received the Holy Spirit to enable them to speak in many languages and spread the word of Jesus after his death.)

A Royal Proclamation (like an Act of Parliament but from the King or Queen) is needed each year to confirm the Bank Holidays or change anything.

So there you go! You have several Bank Holidays left this year, the Late Spring Bank Holiday at the start of most people's Half Term Holiday, the August Bank Holiday and the the Christmas Day holiday. What have you got planned?

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28 comments:

  1. Looks like you had a lovely Bank Holiday, we need more I believe, its a long gap from the August one!! I would like Cyprus's 15 days!!

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  2. Well there you go - I learn something new every day! Did not know all this info about bank holidays!! Glad you had fun on yours - they're an awesome day to have off work!!

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  3. Lovely photos of what sounds like the perfect family bank holiday! We love spending family time together over bank holiday weekends, that extra day really does make a huge difference!

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  4. Great info on the history of bank holidays. The August bank holiday always falls around my son and husbands birthday so we tend to do something extra special then x

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  5. I didn't know any of those facts. I love a day at the beach, unfortunately I think that one would be too far for us. Lovely pictures x

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  6. Looks like you had an ace time., I have never been. I love bank holidays

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  7. Very interesting... I didn't know half of this about Bank Holidays! I agree with a previous poster... we need MORE!!!

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  8. I didn't know all of that. I've been working the last two bank holidays sadly

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  9. I worked on bank holiday so missed out on the lovely weather.Your trip sounds great.

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  10. We spent our bank holiday at home but it was still nice to spend time together and relax :)

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  11. Looks like a fab day! And thanks for blogging about the future days that we can go out again too! #pocolo

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  12. Aww looks like you had a brilliant day, I'm gutted about the fish and chips, I usually have fish on Friday but wasn't able to get any for today! My little boy had his fourth operation at the end of April so we didn't get to celebrate this bank holiday, however we have our local carnival planned for the next May bank holiday, just before operation number five in June! Let's hope we have some lovely weather for all of us xx

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  13. Oh didn't realise all that about bank holidays!!
    That looks like a lovely beach!

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  14. Nothing better than proper fish and chips on the beach. I would like to see St Georges Day as a bank holiday in this country

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    1. I agree! Many don't even know when it is though :(

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  15. Aldeburgh is such a pretty seaside town and the beach is fantastic for skimming stones and blowing away the cobwebs. Perfect for a bank holiday - we haven't been in years and I would love to go back.

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  16. Aldeburgh looks like a really lovely seaside town. I do love the seaside, its a shame we live so far away.x #CountryKids

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  17. We should definitely have more bank holidays - especially in the Summer. Looks like you had a great one!

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  18. Looks like you had a lovely bank holiday. We didn't do anything as the weather wasn't too great here x

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  19. I love Bank Holidays as it means we got lots of DIY done at home!

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  20. What a lovely way to spend the Bank Holiday - at the coast enjoying all the delights of fish and chips and family fun! Thanks for linking up informing and sharing with Country Kids.

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  21. I spent my bank holiday walking round Brighton. It was really lovely as the sun was out for once, people were smiling and the seagulls weren't stealing anybody's sandwiches!

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  22. Looks like you had a lovely bank holiday. We adore going to beach! Hope you had a lovely time.

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  23. Well I never knew that, looks like you had a fantastic day out

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  24. what a fantastic bank holiday x

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  25. Did you notice that it always rains on Bank holiday?

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  26. It looks like you had a wonderful time :) I LOVE Bank Holidays and I think it should be the law that we all have one at least once a month. Thank you for linking to PoCoLo :) x

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  27. I never knew this about the background to bank holidays! We had fun but my husband always has to work them so for him it's just another monday! x

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Dorothy xx