Early May Bank Holiday around the world in 2021

Early May Bank Holiday around the world in 2021
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  How long until Early May Bank Holiday?
This holiday next takes place in 261 days.
  Dates of Early May Bank Holiday around the world
2022 Various May 2
GuernseyMon, May 2National Holiday
Isle of ManMon, May 2National Holiday
JerseyMon, May 2National Holiday
United KingdomMon, May 2National Holiday
2021 Various May 3
GuernseyMon, May 3National Holiday
Isle of ManMon, May 3National Holiday
JerseyMon, May 3National Holiday
United KingdomMon, May 3National Holiday
2020 Various May 4, May 8
GuernseyFri, May 8National Holiday
Isle of ManFri, May 8National Holiday
JerseyMon, May 4National Holiday
United KingdomFri, May 8National Holiday
2019 Various May 6
GuernseyMon, May 6National Holiday
Isle of ManMon, May 6National Holiday
JerseyMon, May 6National Holiday
United KingdomMon, May 6National Holiday
2018 Various May 7
GuernseyMon, May 7National Holiday
Isle of ManMon, May 7National Holiday
JerseyMon, May 7National Holiday
United KingdomMon, May 7National Holiday
  Summary
This is a national public holiday in the United Kingdom and is celebrated on the first Monday in May
  Which countries observe Early May Bank Holiday in 2021?
  GuernseyMay 3National Holiday
  Isle of ManMay 3National Holiday
  JerseyMay 3National Holiday
  United KingdomMay 3National Holiday

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.

History of Early May Bank Holiday

The first Monday in May 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 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 the International Labour day by the socialist government of the time.

In 1995 the early May bank holiday was moved from May 1st to May 8th to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of victory in Europe.

In 2011 the British parliament debated replacing the May Day bank holiday with a different holiday in October. This change would have spread out the bank holidays more evenly throughout the year as after the August Bank Holiday, it's a barren period for public holidays until Christmas Day. In the end, it was decided not to change the date.

Bank Holidays

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).

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