UK bank holidays are a well-loved cultural institution, but it’s strange that an entire country shuts down when the bank has a day off. A bank holiday is basically the same as a public holiday or a religious holiday. Workplaces will close for the day in order to celebrate something or mark an occasion.
It is called a bank holiday because originally the banks would close. Every other business would be unable to operate without the banks, so they would close too.
Bank holidays and public holidays in 2019:
|New Year’s Day||1 January|
|New Year Holiday||2 January||Only a public holiday in Scotland|
|St Patrick’s Day||18 March||Only a public holiday in Northern Ireland|
|Good Friday||19 April|
|Easter Monday||22 April||This isn’t a public holiday in Scotland|
|May Day Bank Holiday||6 May|
|Spring Bank Holiday||27 May|
|Battle of the Boyne / Orangemen’s Day||12 July||Only a public holiday in Northern Ireland|
|Summer Bank Holiday||26 August||In Scotland this holiday is celebrated on the first Monday in August|
|St Andrew’s Day||2 December||Only a public holiday in Scotland|
|Christmas Day||25 December|
|Boxing Day||26 December|
If you live in Scotland you get an additional bank holiday on 30th Nov in remembrance of St Andrew, the Patron Saint of Scotland. The same goes for Northern Ireland on 17th March to celebrate St Patrick as well as 12th July to mark the Battle of Boyne.
St David’s Day in Wales and St George’s Day in England are not marked with a bank holiday.