Bank Holidays and Special Occasions in the United Kingdom
2014 UK Bank Holidays and Occasion Calendar
|2014 Bank Holiday
|2014 – Date|
|New Year’s Day (EISW)||Wednesday 1 January 2014|
|Second of January (S)||Thursday 2 January 2014|
|St. Valentines Day||Friday 14 February 2014|
|St. David’s Day (W)||Saturday 1 March 2014|
|St. Patricks Day (I)||Monday 17 March 2014|
|Mothering Sunday||Sunday 30 March 2014|
|April Fool’s Day||Tuesday 1 April 2014|
|Good Friday (EISW)||Friday 18 April 2014|
|Easter Monday (EIW)||Monday 21 April 2014|
|St George’s day
(E – not a bank holiday)
|Monday 23 April 2014|
|Early May Bank Holiday (EISW)||Monday 5 May 2014|
|Spring Bank Holiday (EISW)||Monday 26 May 2014|
|Father’s Day||Sunday 15 June 2014|
|Orangeman’s Day (I)||Saturday 12 July 2014|
|Summer Bank Holiday (S)||Monday 5 August 2014|
|Summer Bank Holiday (EIW)||Monday 25 August 2014|
|Halloween||Friday 31 October 2014|
|St Andrews Day (S)||Sunday 30 November 2014|
|Christmas Day (EISW)||Thursday 25 December 2014|
|Boxing Day (EISW)||Friday 26 December 2014|
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.
2015 UK Bank Holidays and Occasion Calendar
|2015 Bank Holiday
|2015 – Date|
|New Year’s Day (EISW)||Thursday 1 January 2015|
|Second of January (S)||Friday 2 January 2015|
|St. Valentines Day||Saturday 14 February 2015|
|St. David’s Day (W)||Sunday 1 March 2015|
|St. Patricks Day (I)||Tuesday 17 March 2015|
|Mothering Sunday||Sunday 15 March 2015|
|April Fool’s Day||Wednesday 1 April 2015|
|Good Friday (EISW)||Friday 3 April 2015|
|Easter Monday (EIW)||Monday 6 April 2015|
|St George’s day
(E – not a bank holiday)
|Thursday 23 April 2015|
|Early May Bank Holiday (EISW)||Monday 4 May 2015|
|Spring Bank Holiday (EISW)||Monday 25 May 2015|
|Father’s Day||Sunday 21 June 2015|
|Orangeman’s Day (I)
||Sunday 12 July 2015|
|Summer Bank Holiday (S)||Monday 3 August 2015|
|Summer Bank Holiday(EIW)||Monday 31 August 2015|
|Halloween||Saturday 31 October 2015|
|St Andrews Day (S)||Monday 30 November 2015|
|Christmas Day (EISW)||Friday 25 December 2015|
|Boxing Day (EISW)||Saturday 26 December 2015*|
|Boxing Day Holiday (EISW)||Monday 28 December 2015*|
Bank Holidays, Public Holidays, Vacations and Special Occasions
New Years Day (England , Northern Ireland , Scotland and Wales )
New Years Day is celebrated all over the United Kingdom on 1 January each year.
Second of January (Scotland)
Scotland also has a public holiday on the 2nd January each year.
St. Valentine’s Day
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 David’s Day (Wales)
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 (Northern Ireland)
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 Fool’s Day
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 (England , Northern Ireland , Scotland and Wales)
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 (Ireland)
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 Andrews Day (Scotland)
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.
New Years Eve
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.