History of Spring Break

Spring break, also known as March break, Study Week or Reading Week in some parts of Canada, is a week long recess from studying in early spring at universities and schools in the Brazil, Canada, mainland China, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Mexico, South Africa, United States and other countries.

In the United States, the timing of spring break in tertiary institutions may range from the beginning of March to the later part of April, but many schools are in recess for at least one of the weeks in March. Some schools call this “March break” if it occurs in a middle week in March. Other schools call it “spring recess”, or “spring recession”. Often, universities schedule spring break such that Saint Patrick’s Day falls during the week in order to lessen the amount of partying and drinking on their campuses. Many K–12 institutions in the United States coincide their spring break with Easter and Passover. In New York and Connecticut, most students have spring break in April.

Canada has a very similar practice of giving a week-long break to its elementary school and secondary school students in the month of March. The exact time of the month varies from province to province; New Brunswick, for example, holds their March break during the first week of March, Ontario, Nova Scotia and British Columbia, have theirs during the second or third week, while the break in Alberta usually comes in the last week of March. In the United Kingdom, the corresponding 2 weeks’ holiday are called the “Easter break” or “Easter holidays”, as it is scheduled for the weeks following and preceding Easter, and accordingly is often held in April. In many Canadian universities, the similar break in late February, and is ostensibly intended to allow students to relax from the stresses of their studies.

In Japan, the spring break starts with the end of the academic year in March and ends on April 1 with the beginning of a new academic year.

In South Africa, it is held around September, with students flocking from all over South Africa to Umhlanga, Plettenberg Bay and Sun City.

In Brazil, it is commonly known as the “boredom week” and grew around two public holidays, October 12th – the feast of Our Lady of Aparecida, patron saint of the country – and October 15th, Teacher’s Day.

~ by superbowlnyc on January 30, 2011.

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