Why today feels like a holiday even though it's not
May 5, 2016 2:28am CST
Today is not a bank holiday in the UK - we had that on Monday. In fact all our holidays with the exception of Good Friday and Christmas/Boxing Day/New Year's Day are Mondays. It seems to be a uniquely British thing that we do it that way. It ensures a 3 day weekend each time we have one of these days - two in May, one in August - and minimises disruption to the working week. The rest of Europe does things differently. They take the holidays on the date they should be. This means that last week my colleague in Holland took THREE days off for King's Day (which was the Wednesday - hardly worth going back to work for Thurs and Friday) and this week most of continental Europe is off today for Ascencion Day and many will take tomorrow as a so-called 'bridge day'. I don't get these days but I'm still happy. Why? Because I'm hoping for a couple of really fuss-free days whilst most of my colleagues are having time off. Add to that, I've woken up to a beautiful sunny day and birds singing in the garden. Clearly these must be new birds who don't know it's wiser to shut up when my three cats are around.
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