Spring Bank Holiday is one of bank holidays in United Kingdom when most people are granted a day off. All nations in UK including England, Wales, Northern Island, and Scotland observe Spring Bank Holiday annually. It is celebrated on the last Monday of May every year although the holiday was once observed on Whit Monday or the Monday after Pentecost.
When is Spring Bank Holiday 2014?
Spring Bank Holiday is observed on the last Monday of May every year. Thus, Spring Bank Holiday 2014 will fall on Monday, 26 May 2014.
The Origin of Spring Bank Holiday 2014
Formerly, people observe Spring Bank Holiday along with the Monday after Pentecost which is known as Whitsun or Whit Monday in UK. The bank holiday was then moved to the last Monday of May through The Banking and Financial Dealing Act 1971. When people in UK celebrated Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II in 2002, the holiday was transferred to June 4. This year 2012, Spring Bank Holiday was also celebrated on June 4 due to the celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
Spring Bank Holiday 2014 Celebrations
Since Spring Bank Holiday is a national holiday in United Kingdom, government offices, businesses, and schools are usually closed. However, hotels, restaurants, shopping centers, and places of interest are open because many people in UK takes a short vacation on this day.
The tendency of people to go on vacation during Spring Bank Holiday creates more traffic congestion than usual. Thus, many people would rather staying at home to get relax than jostling in shopping centers or any places of interest in UK during Spring Bank Holiday.