Public_holidays_in_the_United_Kingdom

Public holidays in the United Kingdom

These are the national holidays of the United Kingdom for 2008. 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 in lieu' 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

Scotland

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

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