I have been enjoying Bank Holidays for a long time (as long as I can remember… ROFL). Today is Spring Bank Holiday which falls on the first Monday in May and was created in 1978.
These weird one off days fall in May and August and I honestly didn't really think there was any particular reason for them. I would have understood if the English got St George's Day as a day off, but May Day (today!) is a weird one.
Prior to 1834, the Bank of England observed about 33 saints' days and religious festivals as holidays, but in 1834 this was reduced to four.
So it really is a holiday for people who work in banks, hence Bank Holidays… ROFL
When I was younger shops didn't open on Bank Holidays (and most of them didn't open Sundays either!). Nowadays the only real two days that most places are shut is Easter Sunday, and Christmas Day.