Culture 101: Bank Holidays

April 29, 2009 § 2 Comments

Among European countries, Great Britain has the least number of public holidays. Given that Great Britain is a country with so much history, it is quite surprising that GB has so few holidays. In fact, most holidays in England are what so called Bank Holidays–which happen to coincide with the days when banks are closed. There are May Bank Holiday, June Bank Holiday, Summer Bank Holiday, & October Bank Holiday. And yes, these are exactly what they are called. Very uncreative!

I guess this tells us that the British are a highly resourceful group of people. They wouldn’t waste a good working day for anything. This year’s first bank holiday is actually next Monday–the first Monday of May. Happy Bank Holiday to all! (It sounds a bit awkward, isn’t it?) 🙂

[Simon N.]



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