Parliament at Sunset by Mgimelfarb
When is Early May Bank Holiday?
This is a national public holiday in the United Kingdom and is celebrated on the first Monday in May.
In England, Wales and Northern Ireland, it may be known as May Day.
It became a public holiday in England, Wales and Northern Ireland in 1978. In Scotland, it had already been one of the original bank holidays since 1871 (In Scotland, Whit Monday, which is often celebrated in May, was not a holiday).
Britain has a long heritage of May Day celebrations dating back to pagan times that still have echoes in such customs as the Maypole.
However this holiday was brought in as a way of marking International Labour day by the socialist government of the time.
On Bank Holidays, generally on a Monday, some shops and banks are closed. Shops that open may follow different trading hours than normal and transport may run on a reduced schedule. There will be no postal service.
Bank holidays were first introduced by the Bank Holidays Act of 1871, which designated four holidays in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and five in Scotland.
These were Easter Monday, the first Monday in August, the 26th December, and Whit Monday (England, Wales and Northern Ireland) and New Year's Day, Good Friday, the first Monday in May, the first Monday in August, and Christmas Day (Scotland).