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Public holidays, observed throughout the United Kingdom, are required holidays when most businesses and non-essential services close down. These holidays were first officially observed when the 1871 Bank Holidays Act designated specific public holidays in England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland. Today, the main statute that defines holidays is the Banking and Financial Dealings Act 1971.
Bank holidays are holidays when banks and many other businesses are closed for the day. However public holidays are also referred to as bank holidays, with the two terms often used interchangeably. Bank holidays are legally known to observe closures of bank and financial institutions. Even though all banks are closed on official bank holidays, many shops remain open.
Workers don’t have an automatic right to paid leave on bank and public holidays in the UK, though most full-time workers receive a paid day off work, and casual workers receive pay at higher penalty rates. If a public holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the holiday is normally postponed to the following week day, which is then referred to as a “substitute public holiday” or an “observed holiday.”
Across the UK there are increasing calls for a public holiday on the patron saint’s days such as St. Patrick’s Day, which is already recognized as a holiday. In Scotland, other more localized public holidays based on local tradition can be determined by local authorities. For example, since 2007, St. Andrew’s Day has been an alternative, voluntary public holiday, which replaces an existing public holiday.
Public Holidays 2016
Date Day Holiday Countries
1 Jan Fri New Year's Day National
4 Jan Mon 2nd January Scotland
17 Mar Thu St Patrick's Day Northern Ireland
25 Mar Fri Good Friday National
28 Mar Mon Easter Monday National except Scotland
2 May Mon Early May Bank Holiday National
30 May Mon Spring Bank Holiday National
12 Jul Tue Battle of the Boyne
1 Aug Mon Summer Bank Holiday Scotland
29 Aug Mon Summer Bank Holiday National except Scotland
30 Nov Wed St. Andrew's Day Scotland
25 Dec Sun Christmas Day National
26 Dec Mon Boxing Day National
27 Dec Tue Christmas Day