Public Holidays 2015 and 2016

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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 2015

1 JanThursNew Year's DayNational
2 JanFri2nd JanuaryScotland
17 MarTuesSt Patrick's DayNorthern Ireland
3 AprFriGood FridayNational
6 AprMonEaster MondayNational except Scotland
4 MayMonEarly May Bank HolidayNational
25 MayMonSpring Bank HolidayNational
13 JulMonBattle of the Boyne
(Orangemen's Day)
(Subtitute Day)
Northern Ireland
3 AugMonSummer Bank HolidayScotland
31 AugMonSummer Bank HolidayNational except Scotland
30 NovMonSt. Andrew's DayScotland
25 DecFriChristmas DayNational
26 DecSatBoxing DayNational
28 DecMonBoxing Day
(Substitute Day)

Public Holidays 2016

1 JanFriNew Year's DayNational
4 JanMon2nd JanuaryScotland
17 MarThuSt Patrick's DayNorthern Ireland
25 MarFriGood FridayNational
28 MarMonEaster MondayNational except Scotland
2 MayMonEarly May Bank HolidayNational
30 MayMonSpring Bank HolidayNational
12 JulTueBattle of the Boyne
(Orangemen's Day)
Northern Ireland
1 AugMonSummer Bank HolidayScotland
29 AugMonSummer Bank HolidayNational except Scotland
30 NovWedSt. Andrew's DayScotland
25 DecSunChristmas DayNational
26 DecMonBoxing DayNational
27 DecTueChristmas Day
(Substitute Day)