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UK Public Petition for New Bank Holiday

Although England and Wales has an impressive calendar of public holidays, the general public are signing a petition to acquire one more, positioned as a new "Autumn Bank Holiday".


Started by reference and travel website, a petition has been started which asks the UK government to create a new bank holiday, towards the end of the year. After the last summer bank holiday of the year, UK residents must wait until Christmas before they are granted a weekday off work.

In an attempt to build a sense of national pride, and to soften the blow of the harsh British winters, has proposed a new date where people can take the day off work to relax and celebrate Great Britain, before the cold weather sets in. BBQs and Garden Parties are a popular pass-time in the UK, although residents are restricted to two days a week that have a high likelihood of being rainy and or cold. Adding an extra mid-week opportunity to enjoy seasonal activities, before the weather truly deteriorates, is proving to be a popular notion.

The Autumn Bank Holiday Petition proposes that the new bank holiday occurs on the first Monday of October. September and the beginning of October are typically the last days of sunshine before Winter starts to take hold of the country.

With 286 signatures so far, the petition has a long way to go before achieving its 100,000 goal. Despite this, those that encounter the petition all agree that it would be great to have an extra day-off at the beginning of the fourth quarter.

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