When are the May 2017 bank holidays?

Maypole dancers at the The family May Day Fair at Heigham Park. Picture: Denise Bradley

Maypole dancers at the The family May Day Fair at Heigham Park. Picture: Denise Bradley - Credit: Archant 2013

Did you know there are a few more bank holidays coming up soon? Here's a look at when they're taking place...

There are two bank holidays in the month of May, the first of which is known as the Early May Bank Holiday and falls on Monday, May 1.

Also known as May Day in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, the occasion is celebrated in a variety of ways, with the most widespread tradition seeing children dance around a maypole.

Following this, another bank holiday will take place on Monday, May 29, which will be the Spring Bank Holiday.

This bank holiday always falls on the last Monday of May after the Christian celebration of Pentecost, which revolves around the coming of the Holy Spirit 40 days after Easter.


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The day is also known as Whitsun or Whit Monday in the UK.

After these the next bank holiday won't fall until Monday, August 28.

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