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When do the May bank holidays fall in 2021?

Children dancing around a May pool

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Spring will officially come to an end next month which means summer is just around the corner.

But you don’t need to wait until then to whip out the BBQ and start enjoying the sunshine.PUBLICITÉ

In May we will be treated to two bank holidays – one at the start of the month and the other at the end.

That means there are two long weekends to look forward to.

The first holiday will fall on Monday, May 1 and is officially known as May bank holiday.

It stems from ancient celebrations of spring. It was also a Roman festival which honoured the beginning of the summer in the northern hemisphere.

The day is celebrated throughout the country with dances, singing and feasts. Morris Dancing and the crowning of the May Queen are also typical May Day celebrations.

Monday, May 29 is the second bank holiday we will be treated to. It marks the Monday after Pentecost – otherwise know as Whit Sunday or Whitsun.

The Pentecost is a holy festival celebrated by Christians to mark the coming of the Holy Spirit to the disciples after the death of Jesus.

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