How long until May Bank Holiday?
|This holiday next takes place in 165 Days.|
Dates of May Bank Holiday
|This holiday is most commonly associated as a commemoration of the achievements of the labor movement|
Having a public holiday on the first Monday in May was only legislated in the Republic of Ireland in 1993 and became a holiday on 4 May 1994.
The holiday is nowadays related to the International Worker's Day celebrated around the world on 1 May each year.
However, the idea of a holiday at the start of May predates any labour movement inspired event, and the traditional May Day celebrations owe a debt to the Gaelic festival of Beltane. Indeed this holiday is still called 'Lá Bealtaine' in Irish Gaelic.
Beltane was considered the last day of winter and was a celebration of the beginning of summer. So in a way, this modern holiday completes the circle back to the culture that first inspired it.
Schools, banks and most businesses will be closed. Retail shops and pubs may open but with reduced hours and public transport may have restricted schedules or run a Sunday service.