So for most of us the May bank holiday on the 1st is just a welcome break from work with the opportunity for a bit of lie in, a relaxing day at home or a day with the kids.
For us it will entail most of the day sat in traffic jams as we travel back from Newcastle having dropped Joe off at university for his final term this year.
But it has a rich history and some quite odd traditions. …..
The history of the May bank holiday in the UK – http://www.historic-uk.com/CultureUK/May-Day-Celebrations/
Dancing around the Maypole – http://www.cntraveller.com/recommended/uk/strange-customs-english-traditions-weird-events/page/dancing-around-the-maypole
Making a May Pole – http://www.marthastewart.com/269203/making-the-pole
And on this day in history….
In 1707 the Acts of Union comes into force, bringing together England and Scotland to form the United Kingdom of Great Britain
In 1851 Queen Victoria opened the Great Exhibition in London at the Crystal Palace
In 1931 the Empire State Building opened in New York City
and in 1978 the Bee Gees topped the UK charts with Night Fever