2017 UK Bank Holidays Special Occasions Calendar
The holidays include those for England (E), Northern Ireland (I), Scotland (S) and Wales (W). All bank holiday dates are accurate at the time of publishing.
Please make sure you check any dates with your own countries Bank holidays before booking any holidays or arrangements.
All bank holidays are accurate at the time of publishing but are subject to change depending on what country you live in. Please make sure you check any dates with your own countries bank holidays before booking any holidays. * When the usual date of a bank or public holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday, a ‘substitute day’ is given, normally the following Monday.
The holidays include those for England (E), Northern Ireland (I), Scotland (S) and Wales (W). All bank holiday dates are accurate at the time of publishing. Please make sure you check any dates with your own countries Bank holidays before booking any holidays or arrangements.
2017 UK Bank Holidays
Bank Holidays and Special Occasions Their Meanings and Origins
New Years Day (England , Northern Ireland , Scotland and Wales )
New Years Day is celebrated all over the United Kingdom on 1 January each year.
Scotland also has a public holiday on the 2nd January each year.
While St. Valentines Day is not a public holiday in the UK, it is celebrated throughout the country on February 14 each year by friends, lovers and secret admirers.
St Davids Day celebrated on the 1st day of March each year and is the feast day of Saint David who was the patron saint of Wales. The 1st day of March was chosen to remember the death of Saint David because it holds that he died on that day in 589. In the 18th century, the date was declared a National Day of celebration within Wales. There is a great festival with children dressing in welsh costume for school and concerts being given all over Wales.
St Patricks Day is celebrated in Ireland each year on March 17.
Mothering Sunday in the UK is the equivalent of Mother’s Day in many other countries.
April 1 This is the day to play small tricks on friends and strangers.
People celebrate the Easter holiday period according to their beliefs and their religious denominations.
May Day Holiday (England , Northern Ireland , Scotland and Wales)
May Day is a public holiday in England, Ireland Scotland and Wales and is observed on the 1st Monday in May each year.
Spring Bank Holiday is a public holiday in England, Ireland Scotland and Wales and is observed on the last Monday in May each year.
Father s Day in the UK is celebrated in a similar way to how it is celebrated in the US.
Orangeman’s Day is observed in Ireland on July 12 each year and is also known as the “Battle of Boyne”. It is a bank holiday in Northern Ireland (I) to commemorate the Battle of the Boyne
Summer Bank Holiday (Scotland)
The Summer Bank Holiday is observed in Scotland on the first Monday in August each year.
Halloween originated as a celebration connected with evil spirits. On October 31st, children dressed in costumes knock on their neighbors doors and yell, Trick or Treat when the door opens.
St Andrew’s Day is observed in Scotland as a public holiday on November 30 each year.
Christmas Day is celebrated in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales on December 25 each year.
While New Years Eve is not a federal holiday in the UK it is a day to celebrate the end of one year and at the stroke of midnight, the beginning of a new year. To celebrate New Years Eve many British conduct parties and invite friends and family to them.
When is the next Public Holiday or Special Occasion in the UK?
British Summer Time (BST) starts on the last Sunday in March and ends on the last Sunday in October, at 1.00 am Greenwich Mean Time (GMT):
in spring the clocks go forward, losing an hour at 1.00 am GMT the UK moves to 2.00 am BST
in autumn the clocks go back, giving an extra hour at 2.00 am BST the UK moves to 1.00 am GMT
There are currently eight permanent bank holidays in England and Wales and an additional one to celebrate the Royal Wedding in 2011 and to celebrate the Queen s Diamond Jubilee in 2012:
There are nine bank holidays across Scotland. There are also a number of other local or public holidays which can be decided by local authorities and are based on local tradition. Since 2007, St Andrew s Day has been an alternative, voluntary public holiday, which can replace an existing local holiday. The Scottish government has also announced that there will be an additional bank holiday on 29 April 2011 for the Royal Wedding. Businesses and schools are not necessarily closed on Scottish bank holidays. The Scottish banks follow the English and Wales bank holidays for business reasons.
In Northern Ireland, there are ten permanent bank holidays. These are the same eight as in England and Wales, plus St Patrick s Day on 17 March each year and the Anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne in 1690, also known as Orangemen s Day.