May Day Bank Holiday usually falls on the first Monday of the month but, for only the second time in this date’s history, it has been moved to today instead.
This occasion was moved to Friday to commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day, an event which marked the surrender of the German army and an end to World War II in Europe. Originally, there was a range of plans to celebrate the occasion. For example, pubs were due to stay open later, street parties were going to be encouraged, a procession should have been taking place in Westminster and St James’s Park was temporarily going to be converted into ‘Victory Park’.
However, the coronavirus, and the accompanying rules surrounding social distancing, has put many of these plans on hold.
What was due to be a day of celebration has instead arguably turned into another day of lockdown. Still, if you want to mark the occasion by doing something different, you could mark VE Day at home.
Although street parties are no longer possible given the lockdown, there are calls for people to take part in ‘stay at home street parties’. Encouraging those participating to decorate their houses in national-coloured bunting, designs can be printed off through a government website.
Other suggestions have included hosting a ‘doorstep’ afternoon tea with neighbours – providing social distancing rules are maintained.
It’s hoped by creating houses with colourful flags, it’ll help create a sense of national pride. If you’re already decorating your windows with rainbows to support the NHS, it’ll certainly create an interesting scene for those getting exercise outside.
Regardless of whether you intend to commemorate VE Day or not, a bank holiday is welcome in these troubling times. Just remember that three-quarters of a century ago, our relatives fought to bring peace to Europe. Right now though, the best thing you can do for this country is to stay safe and support the NHS.
If that means we don’t get to enjoy a procession or extra celebrations today, so be it. We hope you get to enjoy this bank holiday though and if you want to use the extra time to get a grip on your finances, we’ll be happy to help.
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