by the Bank Holidays Act 1871, Summer Bank
Holiday was first
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
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.
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
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,
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
Friday 14 April - Good Friday
30 May – Spring Bank Holiday
Monday 1 August – Summer Bank Holiday
Wednesday 30 November – St
Monday 26 December - Boxing Day
Tuesday 27 December - Christmas Day (substitute)
17 March - St Patrick's Day
12 July - Bank Holiday commemorating the Battle of the Boyne
London Underground August Bank Holiday
John Lubbock, The Bank
Holiday Act, 1871