This past weekend was August Bank Holiday in the UK, and officially the last public holiday here until Christmas Day on 25th December, and so it’s all downhill to Christmas.
The end of August is not only the last public holiday, it also marks the end of summer, and with it beginning to get dark around 8:30pm on the south coast of England, an hour earlier than it was a month ago, it’s not going to be long before Autumn is upon us and those short cold damn days that lead up to Winter are going to be what we face for the next six months. I could swear that when we went out for a drive in the countryside yesterday we saw trees already beginning to take on a yellow or reddish hue.
While the Summer began quite nicely in the UK, August has actually been very wet and rather mild, leaving many people still longing for some nice hot days out, either at the beach or having a picnic somewhere in the country.
This coming weekend the USA will see Labor Day weekend, which also marks the end of Summer there, but then residents do at least still have Thanksgiving to look forward to, a nice 4 day weekend at the end of November.
As a dual British/American Citizen I sometimes wish that I could have both sets of holidays, since in the UK we have plenty of days off between New Years Day and Memorial Day at the end of May, which is the first public holiday that many Americans enjoy. Still, it’s this time of year at the end of the summer when it is really depressing to have to work for almost 4 whole months without a break.
Maybe, just maybe, we will get lucky this year and have an Indian Summer, a nice week or two to look forward to in September or October. Who knows…
What are your thoughts on public holidays? Which are your favourites (or favorites even) and why?