Why does Great Britain have public holidays?
UK Holiday Dates - 2017 to 2021 - Use these UK bank holidays calendars when planning your visits and short visits until 2021.
In the UK, public holidays are known as bank holidays because banks are closed and mail is not delivered on those days. Holidays should be taken into account when making travel plans.
While there are many common holidays in the four nations that make up the United Kingdom - England, Wales and Scotland - there are slight variations to reflect different national customs and priorities.
You may notice that some holidays in these calendars are on different days than the actual holiday day. For example, Christmas Day in 2021 is December 27th. This is because this year Christmas falls on a Saturday, so that a weekday is added to the holiday weekend.
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Holidays in England and Wales
|New Years Day||January 1st||January 1st||January 1st||January 1st||January 3rd|
|Good Friday||March 30||April 19th||10th of April||2nd of April||April 15th|
|Easter Monday||2nd of April||April 22||April 13th||April 5th||April 18|
|May Day||May 7th||May 6th||8th of May||May 3||2.May|
|Fr.spring holiday||28th of May||May 27th||25. May||31. May||30th May|
|Summer holiday||August 27th||26th of August||August 31||August 30th||29th August|
|Christmas Day||25 December||25 December||25 December||25 December||December 26th|
|Christmas Day||December 26th||December 26th||December 26th||December 26th||December 27th|
Holidays in Scotland
The Scots celebrate New Year or Hogmanay over 2 or 3 days - so the official New Year holiday includes an extra day, which is simply called the 2nd January holiday or 2nd New Years day.
The summer holiday is celebrated in Scotland at the beginning of August, but elsewhere in the UK at the end of August. However, please take into account that most Scottish banks closed at the end of the month, to mimic banks in England.
St. Andrews Day, Scotland's National Day, is a voluntary public holiday. There are a number of traditional holidays in Scotland based on local tradition and determined by the local authorities. St Andrews Day can be an alternative to replacing one of these local holidays. Banks and schools are not necessarily closed on Scottish public holidays as they imitate England and Wales for business reasons. Similarly, the banks remain closed on Easter Monday, which is not a public holiday in Scotland.
|New Years Day||January 2nd||January 1st||January 1st||January 1st||January 1st|
|2nd New Years Day||January 3rd||January 2nd||January 2nd||January 2nd||January 4th|
|Good Friday||April 14th||March 30||April 19th||10th of April||2nd of April|
|May Day||1st of May||May 7th||May 6th||May 4th||May 3|
|Fr.spring holiday||May 29th||28th of May||May 27th||25. May||31. May|
|Summer holiday||August 7th||6th of August||5th of August||3rd August||August 2nd|
|St Andrews day||30th of November||30th of November||30th of November||30th of November||30th of November|
|Christmas||25 December||25 December||25 December||25 December||December 27th|
|Christmas Day||December 26th||December 28||December 26th||December 28||December 28|
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