Public holidays in the United Kingdom


Public holidays in the United Kingdom

These are the national holidays of the United Kingdom for 2008. [ [http://www.dti.gov.uk/employment/bank-public-holidays/index.html BERR - Redirect ] ] [ [http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2005/01/bankholidays] ] Workers in the United Kingdom are not automatically entitled to time off on a public holiday. Time off can be provided for in an employment agreement or by expending annual leave.

When an anniversary day that is usually a bank holiday falls on a weekend, the date of the bank holiday is postponed and declared for a following weekday. This new date is termed a 'bank holiday ' of the actual anniversary day. In this way, public holidays are not 'lost' on years when they coincide with weekends (which will already be a day off for many people).

Increasingly, there are calls for public holidays on the patron saints' days in England, Scotland and Wales (Northern Ireland already has St Patrick's Day as a holiday). An online petition sent to the Prime Minister received 11,000 signatures for a public holiday in Wales on St. David's Day; the Scottish Parliament has introduced a bill for a public holiday on St. Andrew's Day; campaigners in England are calling for a bank holiday on St. George's Day.

England and Wales

1 January - New Year's Day
21 March - Good Friday
24 March - Easter Monday

5 May - May Day Bank Holiday
26 May - Spring Bank Holiday (Victoria Day)
25 August - Summer Bank Holiday
25 December - Christmas Day
26 December - Boxing Day

Total: 8

Northern Ireland

1 January - New Year's Day

17 March - St Patrick's Day
21 March - Good Friday
24 March - Easter Monday
5 May - May Day Bank Holiday
26 May - Spring Bank Holiday

12 July - Bank Holiday in Lieu of Battle of the Boyne (Orangeman's Day)
25 August - Summer Bank Holiday
25 December - Christmas Day
26 December - Boxing Day / St. Stephen's Day

Total: 10

cotland

1 January - New Year's Day

2 January - 2 January

21 March - Good Friday
5 May - May Day Bank Holiday
26 May - Spring Bank Holiday
4 August - Summer Bank Holiday
1 December - Bank Holiday in Lieu of St. Andrew's Day

25 December - Christmas Day
26 December - Boxing Day

Total: 9

ee also

* Bank Holiday

References

External links

* [http://www.numericalexample.com/content/view/70/37/ Eternal calendar containing the public holidays and special days of most english speaking countries]
* [http://www.stgeorgesholiday.com/ St. George Unofficial Bank Holiday]
* [http://www.berr.gov.uk/employment/bank-public-holidays/index.html Schedule of bank holidays for the UK (except Scotland)]
* [http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2005/01/bankholidays Schedule of Bank Holidays for Scotland, Scottish Executive]


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