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England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales of the sovereign state of the
U.K. is a large variety of summer holidays celebrated yearly.
Summer Bank Holiday (the first or last Monday in August) started in 1871 as a
public holiday in both the United Kingdom and Ireland. Individuals working
office, retail, financial, school and related jobs are usually offered time
off. Workers in essential service jobs are usually offered an increase in pay
for working on Bank Holidays. The last Monday in August is celebrated in
England, Wales and Northern Ireland and the first Monday in August for
Scotland and Republic of Ireland.
Battle of the Boyne, also known as Orangemen's Day (July 12th) occurs in
Northern Ireland and commemorates the conquest that protestant William of
Orange achieved over Catholic King James II in 1690 at the Battle of the
Boyne. The Orange Order continues to “march” through Catholic areas as a
tradition to honor ancestors.
The Well Dressing (May – Sept) celebration happens in Derbyshire where
citizens adorn wells with decorated panels, mosaics, flowers, moss and other
nature related items as a way of continuing a tradition started to give thanks
to water gods for a good supply of water to a village.
Honorary Coronation Day (June 2) festivities include a gun salute by the
King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery to remember the anniversary of the Queen
being crowned in 1953.
The Queen's Official birthday (2nd Saturday in June) includes a parade and is
a tradition dating back to 1748. A featured activity is the Trooping the
Colour. The parade travels from Buckingham Palace to The Mall to Horseguards
Parade, Whitehall and back. The start of the parade is the “Inspection,” which
has the Queen drive along the eight Guards and Household Cavalry.
Midsummer's Day (June 24) occurs after the Summer Solstice. This holiday began
as an ancient ritual featuring a circle dance and bonfires to encourage the
sun not to go away. The holiday is mainly celebrated in Cornwall, the West
Country, and London's Hampstead Heath.
The Henley Royal Regatta (July 2-6) is a prestigious rowing race in
Henley-on-Thames, England. International crew teams compete on a 1 mile, 550
yards (2,112 m) course leading up to the main event, the Grand Challenge Cup
for Men's Eights.
Tynwald Day, also known as old Midsummer Day, (July 5) is the national holiday
of the Isle of Man, a British Isle in the Irish Sea. The main events take
place on Tynwald Mount, where one of the most ancient government-related
customs still continues - orally handing down laws.
| Summer Holidays - probably the largest choice of Summer Holidays in the UK!
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