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Bank Holiday

United Kingdom

Created by the Bank Holidays Act 1871, 
Summer Bank Holiday was first observed at the beginning of August. It was moved to the last Monday in the month as part of the reforms of the Banking and Financial Dealings Act 1971.

Europe's biggest street festival, the Notting Hill Carnival, takes place over this weekend, with floats, bands and two million people celebrating Caribbean culture and traditions. Leeds and Reading festivals are also held on the last weekend of August.

Other Bank Holidays

Monday 2 January 2017 – New Year's Day (substitute)
The sensible decision to introduce a day off following New Year's Eve first came about in England, Wales and Northern Ireland in 1974. Traditionally, the incoming year is welcomed in with a rendition of Auld Lang Syne at midnight and a resolution. This year, New Year's Eve falls on a Saturday night and New Year's Day is on a Sunday, so the bank holiday falls to Monday 2 January – with Scotland also getting the next day off.

Friday 14 April 2017 – Good Friday
Easter is always a highly anticipated event in the UK, combining two bank holidays to give most workers a four-day weekend. Traditionally, Good Friday is a sombre day, on which Christians mark Jesus's crucifixion with prayer and fasting.

Monday 17 April 2017 – Easter Monday.
Historically, the resurrection of Jesus was celebrated with egg-rolling and games, some of which, such as the Hallaton bottle-kicking contest, are still played today. Easter Monday is not an official break in Scotland but many local authorities treat it as a public holiday so businesses can synchronise their opening times with the rest of the UK.

Monday 1 May 2017 - early May Bank Holiday

Monday May 29 2017 - Spring Bank Holiday

Monday August 28 2017 - Summer Bank Holiday

Monday 25 December 2017  – Christmas Day.
Christmas is celebrated in many different ways around the world. In the UK, families traditionally tuck into turkey and open presents from stockings and under the tree.

Tuesday 26 December 2017 - Boxing Day.
Previously known as St Stephen's Day.


Scotland has a slightly different bank holiday schedule to England and Wales. 

Friday 14 April - Good Friday
Monday 30 May – Spring Bank Holiday
Monday 1 August – Summer Bank Holiday
Wednesday 30 November – St Andrew's Day
Monday 26 December - Boxing Day
Tuesday 27 December - Christmas Day (substitute)

Northern Ireland

17 March - St Patrick's Day
12 July - Bank Holiday commemorating the Battle of the Boyne


Bulletin Board
1933 London Underground August Bank Holiday Poster
1933 London Underground August Bank Holiday Poster

Bank Holiday
Bank Holiday

Sir John Lubbock, The Bank Holiday Act, 1871
Sir John Lubbock, The Bank Holiday Act, 1871

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