Monday, April 2, 2018 at 7:34 AM

Happy Easter … Monday

Posted by Anthony L. Hall

Despite the untenable nature of colonialism, the British introduced a few customs that are still heartily observed throughout their former colonies in the Caribbean. Public holidays certainly fall within this cherished tradition.

Nassau-Cable-BeachUnlike the Americans, however, the British do not glorify their holidays with patriotic or reverential titles – like Presidents’ Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day, or Thanksgiving Day. They just refer to almost all of them as Bank Holidays.

This curious designation probably came about as an unwitting homage to British mercantilism. But the official line is that it dates back to 1871, when national obsession with the game of cricket led to the Bank Holidays Act – to give bank employees a few extra days off each year to play and watch matches.

Blue_Orchid_01It just so happens, though, that “Easter Monday” is a rather ambivalent holiday. After all, it has a reverential title but no discernible relevance to Jesus Christ (like Good Friday or Christmas). Perhaps even the British had qualms about appending a “bank holiday” to the holiest weekend on the Christian calendar.

Whatever the case, as a young boy, this was always my favorite bank holiday. Not just because it was the first bona fide beach holiday of the year, but also because it helped me recover from the trauma of wallowing in the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ. The hosannas heralding His resurrection on Easter Sunday provided no consolation.

Meanwhile, with access to so many beautiful beaches, it’s a wonder the British did not leave us with many more bank holidays.

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