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Fix the Easter Bank Holiday in April

Comment 2nd July 2010

Set the date of the 'Easter' Bank Holiday weekend as the second weekend in April, repealing any laws and regulations that currently prevent it.

Why does this matter?

For very obscure religious reasons, the date of Easter is defined rather astrologically as the first Sunday after the first full moon following the vernal equinox.  This mystical date setting means that it can occur essentially at random at any time in a five week period from 22nd March to the 25th April.  In 2011, the Easter weekend will be very late, from 22nd to 25th April, ie a long way from Christmas but only 4 working days before the Spring Bank Holiday the following weekend.

Easter is the only holiday we have that moves significantly in the calendar.  Because it does so, it hinders effective year planning, especially at the end of the financial year, affects school and university term durations, and is generally highly disruptive.

There is no reason why Bank Holidays should be when the church decrees, and they should be set instead in the interests of the population in general.  Easter, being the only one at present that isn't, should be fixed, the holiday weekend being that which surrounds the second Sunday in April, ie in the middle of its current range.  Then, at least everyone will know where they stand from one year to the next.

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