Thank you John Lubbock.
For those of you feeling guilty for not being at work, here’s a little bit of history to keep your brain active!
Every now and then we get the occasional day where we breathe a sigh of relief thanks to the extra day off at the weekend, a bank holiday.
We get excited for a lie in, hanging out with friends and family, and not having to spend our day at work. But, I’ve never looked into why we have bank holidays, so I thought now was the time.
“The name Bank Holiday comes from the time when banks were shut and so no trading could take place. There is currently a total of 8 permanent bank and public holidays in England, Wales and Scotland and 10 in Northern Ireland.”
Bank holiday’s were traditionally used for workers to spend days with families, (or now maybe down at the pub with friends). So, whom do we thank for our extra lie in on a Monday morning?
MP, Sir John Lubbock, first introduced bank holidays in 1871. He thought workers should work less hours and in England, people were so thankful for the holidays that the days were nicknamed ‘St. Lubbock’s Day’s.
So, now you’ve done your ‘work’ for the day, sit back, relax and…
Happy St Lubbock’s day!