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|This celebration of the island's heritage has been a public holiday since 1979|
Bermuda Day is a public holiday on the last Friday in May. It is Bermuda's National Day and is a day to celebrate the unique cultural heritage of the islands.
History of Bermuda Day
Bermuda is a British Overseas Territory located in the North Atlantic Ocean. The islands are named after the Spanish captain Juan de Bermúdez, who claimed the islands for Spain, while travelling to the Americas in 1505.
Bermuda Day is seen as an important date in the Bermudan calendar not only as an opportunity to celebrate the islands, but also the position of the holiday at the end of May is used to signify the arrival of summer, when it is warm enough to consider swimming in the ocean after winter and for the famous Bermuda shorts to be worn as business attire instead of trousers.
A short history of Bermuda Shorts
This style of shorts was used by the British Army in tropical regions. After the Second World War, there was a shortage of cloth in Bermuda, so to ensure their staff could be dressed properly, the owners of two banks arranged for a local tailor to make pairs of shorts, modeled on those used by the British military.
This public holiday began in 1902 as Empire Day, a day that was decreed across the British Empire to commemorate the death of Queen Victoria on 24 May, her birth date. Canada still observes this as Victoria Day.
Due to the number of countries who gained independence from Britain, the holiday was renamed Commonwealth Day in 1958.
The holiday was first named as Bermuda Day in 1979. and until 2018, it was celebrated on 24 May or the following Monday if 24 May fell on a weekend. The change means that Bermuda Day will always create a long weekend, called Bermuda Day Weekend, which will be an opportunity to showcase Bermuda's culture and heritage to locals and visitors. Bermuda Day always place in Heritage Month.
To mark the day, a Bermuda Day Parade has been held in Humiliation every year since 1979. There are also sporting events such as the Bermuda Day Half Marathon and a cricket match between the two parts of the island.
The 2018 Bermuda Day Parade
From the Royal Gazette