In 1834, ‘Bank Holidays’ were first introduced on a nationwide basis.
‘Under the Banking and Financial Dealings Act 1971, bank holidays are proclaimed each year by the legal device of a royal proclamation. Royal proclamation is also used to move bank holidays that would otherwise fall on a weekend. In this way, public holidays are not ‘lost’ in years when they coincide with weekends. These deferred bank holiday days are termed a ‘bank holiday in lieu’ of the typical anniversary date. In the legislation they are known as ‘substitute days’. (Wikipedia)
As you can see from the above, ‘bank holidays’ came about because of the banks. And now they have basically become days to spend your money on retail therapy and thus a lot of people have to work, which benefits the banks, because we use our credit cards more often!
So why not abolish them and instead just make sure that Christmas Day, Good Friday and Easter Sunday are truly days off, so Christians can properly celebrate the three most important days of the year? Both Christmas Day and Easter Day should be all day celebrations, and Good Friday, a day of true reflection on what Jesus did on the Cross. Such events could become a public declaration of who Jesus is and bring together Christians from many different traditions out of their ‘closets’ and declare their faith demonstrating the joy of being a disciple.
This is a call to Christians to set aside those days to truly focus on God instead of simply using it for a time for family and friends – that is what Sundays are for.