June Bank Holiday, or June holiday, is celebrated in Ireland on the first Monday in June. On this day off, many Irish families or friends go out into the countryside to enjoy the first days of summer and take part in numerous cultural and sporting events.
The historical prerequisite for the establishment of the June holiday was Spirits Day (Pentecost Monday or Whit Monday), which was celebrated the day after Pentecost and was a day off. With an extra day off on Monday, people could attend church services or spend the day with their families.
In 1973, Spirit Day was moved to the first Monday in June and, since 1974, the official June holiday has been celebrated.