In Guernsey, as in the UK and all its domains, the first Monday of the month of May is May Bank Holiday. Sometimes, this holiday is referred to as May Day, which has ancient roots in the region, but this is not properly the same holiday.
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Bank holidays were introduced into the UK and Guernsey by the 1871 Bank Holidays Act. On such days, banks close down, while some businesses may close or operate on a reduced schedule. There is no postal delivery on bank holidays either, and transportation schedules also change. This may affect ferry routes to and from the isle of Guernsey.
Very rarely, the date of May Bank Holiday changes, such as for the seventy-fifth anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day in 2020. Similarly, in 1995, the date was moved to 8 May to coincide with the fiftieth anniversary of VE Day.
For a time in 2011, the UK mulled over eliminating May Bank Holiday and replacing it with an October Bank Holiday so that the holiday schedule would be more evenly distributed. Parliament ultimately decided against this move, however.
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