Public & Bank Holidays in UK 2016 - 2017 - 2018

The holidays for 2016, 2017 and 2018 in UK are listed below

United Kingdom (UK) 2016 2017 2018
Official, public bank holidays
New Year's Day 1st January 1st - 2nd January 1st January
Good Friday 25th March 14th April 30th March
Easter Monday 28th March 17th April 2nd April
Early May bank holiday 2nd May 1st May 7th May
Spring bank holiday 30th May 29th May 28th May
Summer bank holiday 29th August 28th August 27th August
Christmas Day 26th December 25th December 25th December
Boxing Day, St Stephen's Day (off.) 26th December 26th December 26th December
Local or regional holidays for 2016, 2017 and 2018
2nd January (Scotland only) 4th January 3rd January 2nd January
St Patrick’s Day (Northern Ireland only) 17th March 17th March 17th March
Battle of the Boyne (Orangemen’s Day) (Northern Ireland only) 12th July 12th July 12th July
Summer bank holiday (Scotland only) 1st August 7th August 6th August
St Andrew’s Day (Scotland only) 30th November 30th November 30th November
if a bank holiday is on a weekend, a ‘substitute’ weekday becomes a bank holiday, normally the following Monday.

Observances and Celebrations in UK, 2016 - 2017 - 2018 2016 2017 2018
Epiphany 6th January 6th January 6th January
Valentine's Day 14th February 14th February 14th February
Carnival/Shrove Tuesday 9th February 28th February 13th February
Carnival/Ash Wednesday 10th February 1st March 14th February
Chinese New Year 8th February 28th January 16th February
St.David's Day (Wales only) 1st March 1st March 1st March
Mothering Sunday 6th March 26th March 11th March
March equinox 20th March 20th March 20th March
Palm Sunday 20th March 9th April 25th March
Holy Saturday 26th March 15th April 31st March
St.George's Day 23th April 23th April 23th April
Shakespeare Day 23th April 23th April 23th April
Ramadan begins 7th June 27th May 16th June
June Solstice 21st June 21st June 21st June
Father's Day 19th June 18th June 17th June
September equinox 22nd September 22nd September 22nd September
Yom Kippur 12nd October 30th September 19th September
Halloween 31st October 31st October 31st October
All Saints' Day 1st November 1st November 1st November
Guy Fawkes Day 5th November 5th November 5th November
Remembrance Sunday 13th November 12th November 12th November
Diwali/Deepavali 30th October 19th October 7th November
First Sunday of Advent 27th November 3rd December 2nd December
December Solstice 22nd December 21st December 21st December
Christmas Eve 24th December 24th December 24th December
New Year's Eve 31st December 31st December 31st December

Bank Holidays and Observances in UK

Bank Holiday is the term used to refer to public holiday in United Kingdom (England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland).It is also used on some other Countries which were part of the Commonwealth.

At the beginning, the bank holidays were those days in which the banks were closed, so, the only persons who benefited of them were the banks' workers.Later, the bank holidays were extended to other work branches and, nowadays, they are proclaimed each year by a royal proclamation.

Substitute holidays

This aspect is very important because, when a bank holiday falls on a weekend (Saturday or Sunday), the holiday itself is moved to the next working day, usually a Monday.Like this, a bank holiday is never lost.The deferred bank holiday day is commonly knows as “bank holiday in lieu”, but it's formal name is: “substitute day”. That's why, on our yearly calendar, you will find both the official and substitute day, if any.If this happens, it means that a bank holiday falls on a weekend day and, therefore, a substitute day is needed to grant the right to off work, or extra pay for working on these days to the workers, of course depending on their own contract.

Local or regional holidays in UK

The substitute day, sometimes, is also used for local or regional holidays in UK.In effect, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland benefit of public holiday which are their own.Being these holidays official, even if local or regional, a substitute day is used if they fall on a weekend day, exactly as for the official holidays that involve the whole Country.Speaking of regional holidays, the greatest number of differences involves Scotland.In this country, for example, Easter Monday is not a holiday and Summer Bank Holiday falls on the first Monday of August, instead of falling on the last Monday of the same month, as it happens in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Occurrences and celebrations

Of course, being UK a big Country with people coming from all over the World, there are also a lot of occurrences which are not bank holiday.At the same time, they are very important events for the people and some of them are very much valued, such as Saint Valentine's Day, Halloween, Carnival or New Year's Eve (for their commercial nature), or Mothering Sunday and Father's Day.Some other occurrences are strictly related to Christian, Hebrew and Muslim people, such as Christmas Eve, Yom-Kippur or the beginning of Ramadan.

We tried to summarize the most important among them, to give you a very simple and schematic chart to be consulted any time.