History of Public Holiday
Public Holidays are legal holidays established by the Government and employees and we need not work on that day. The advantage is that, it is a paid leave. Few of the holidays are common to all the countries but the method of celebration varies. If any organization works 24/7, there is a need for employees to work even in Public Holidays. In that case they will get paid twice of what they are currently paid.
Bank Holidays are those in which the banks are closed on that day and trading is not possible on that day. Bank Holiday was first introduced in 1871 by the Bank Holidays Act.
Other than these holidays there were school holidays in which schools are closed for vacation or for studying. These leave are mostly given during Christmas and Easter days.
Most of us are unaware of the history behind each of the public holidays. It would be really interesting to know the history behind holidays. You can find a new reason behind your celebrations.
Do you know the History behind Thanks Giving Day? It is to celebrate the successful completion of harvest and saying thanks to the spirits which helped the fruits and crops to grow.
Now, I will tell you the history behind the Valentine’s Day. It is believed that during this day birds starts mating. It is celebrated worldwide on February 14th of every year. During the medieval times it was believed that young men’s and women’s name were put in a box and randomly selected. The selected pair will exchange gifts and they will be together for one year. The boy has to protect his Valentine in any cause and share their love which often results in marriage. Customs of celebrating Valentines have been changed throughout the years.
In 9th August 1956, Women lead a protest against pass laws. This day is celebrated as the National Women’s day worldwide.
Earth Day is celebrated to create awareness about the natural resource available on earth and to appreciate its value. It is celebrated on 22nd April of every year.
Knowing the history of Public Holidays is very important to unravel many historical facts.