Public & National Holidays in England

People are usually allowed a particular number of leaves from work apart from weekends which they can avail without their salary being deducted over the course of a year but apart from that they are also accustomed to enjoy few public and national holidays along with some regional leaves as well.  Inside the United Kingdom, there is no single definition of a public holiday that is constituted in the legal framework. In Scotland, the public holidays may or may not exist. It is also debatable. People usually confuse the term public holiday with a bank holiday but it should be made crystal clear that both holidays are two different things; hence, they shouldn’t be used interchangeably where applicable. In England, a public holiday is a bank holiday and therefore observed as a day off from work. However, it is not the case in Scotland. Note that the days are given according to the calendar of 2013.


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    Holidays in January

    1st - New Year’s Day

    It is observed on the first day of the new calendar year and if 1st January falls on Saturday or Sunday, Monday is given as the New Year’s Day off.

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    Holidays in March

    29th - Good Friday

    It is observed on every Friday before Easter Sunday and this year it falls on 29th of March.

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    Holidays in April

    1st - Easter Monday

    It is observed on Monday after Easter Sunday. This year it falls on 1st of April.

    23rd - St Georges Day

    This holiday is observed in England only and is not considered to be a national holiday for other countries which come under the flag of the United Kingdom.

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    Holidays in May

    6th - Early May Bank Holiday

    This holiday is observed on the first Monday of May. It will fall on 6th of March this year.

    27th - May Bank Holiday

    It is observed on the last Monday of May. This bank holiday will come on 27th of May this year.

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    Holidays in August

    26th - August Bank Holiday

    This holiday is observed on 26th August as a national holiday all over England.

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    Holidays in November

    5th - Guy Fawkes Night

    This is not a national holiday of the United Kingdom but is celebrated in England only.

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    Holidays in December

    25th - Christmas Day

    Christmas celebrations are made on 25th of December every year.

    26th - Boxing Day

    Typically it will be moved and celebrated on the next weekday if 26 December is a Saturday or Sunday.

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