May Day: Before industrial capitalism, artisan workers took Monday off, a practice known as Saint Monday.

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The 1871 Bank Holidays Act was an attempt to regulate and control the practice of taking Monday off.

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May Day was added as an official holiday in 1978 by a Labour government to mark International Workers’ Day

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May Day is marked around Britain with a series of marches and festivals, reflecting the traditions of labourism dating back to the 1860s.

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British May Days have broadened in diversity of music and flags and banners, reflecting a living tradition.

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The coronation of King Charles III will be held on May 6, and a bank holiday will be held on May 8 to mark the occasion.

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The coronation has its traditions, many of them historic, but also often invented or reinvented for the occasion.

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May Day: Some may think back about to May 1 and ponder if there are not other ways of running society.

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May Day: May Day celebrations in other countries tend to be marked with more lively and robust protests.

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May Day:  The purpose of the golden spurs in the coronation is unclear, and the tradition is disputed.

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