OK, well this is not the most sophisticated website in the UK so don’t expect a nice little popup to start flashing in neon pink and red clearly stating words to the effect as to whether tomorrow is a bank holiday or not. No, rather than going to all the hassle of figuring out how to make that work in HTML, CSS and all the other whizz-bang technologies of the internet, we thought we’d just list out the UK’s bank holidays for not only 2014 but 2015 and 2016 as well and leave it to you dear reader to figure out whether today is the day before anyone of the bank holidays listed here. This introduces another complexity in that it assumes you know how many days there are in the months so that you can make sure you get your May Day correct. So for the benefit of all of you out there who forgot your nursery rhymes, Thirty days have September, April, June, and November. All the rest have 31,Except for February which has 28 except in a leap year. Now once you’ve figured out what’s what, you can get on with booking a last minute holiday here.
New Year’s Day
So unless you are Mayan or heavily engrained in your own culture be it Shao Lin, Hinduism or sub-Saharan etc…you are probably well aware that the 1st of January is New Year’s Day, the day upon which we count the start of another year as per the Gregorian calendar. You can safely bet that New Year’s Day in 2015, 2016 and for the foreseeable few centuries will also fall on 1st January!
Part of the Christian Easter celebration, Good Friday falls on the Friday preceding Easter Sunday which is determined as being the first Sunday after the first full moon on or after the vernal equinox. The vernal equinox also known as the spring equinox is the point at which the day and night are of equal length, marking the beginning of spring. You don’t really care do you? What you want to know is this…
|Good Friday||18 April||3 April||March 25|
Easter Monday follows Easter Sunday and in combination with Good Friday, makes for an awesome 4 day week followed by a 4 day break followed by a 4 day week again in the UK. That’s enough of a break to jet-set down to some nice European destination for a 3-4 day holiday.
|Easter Monday||21 April||6 April||March 28|
The first Monday of May is a bank holiday in the United Kingdom. It called May Day in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. It is known as the Early May Bank Holiday in Scotland. Its origins lie in welcoming in the Summer but it has widely morphed globally into a Labour Day movement.
|May Day||5 May||4 May||2 May|
Spring Bank Holiday
No wonder it always feels like there are loads of bank holidays in the first 6 months of the year. No sooner have we done with 2 days off in April and on in early May but we finish May of with yet another one.
|Spring Bank Holiday||26 May||25 May||30 May|
Summer Bank Holiday
Well if you’re going to have one for Spring you had better have one for Summer, right? Falling in the month of August when most Brits like to take their annual holiday, this one is the strategic bank holiday by which you only have to take nine days off work rather than 10, to get a full 2-week stretch.
|Summer Bank Holiday||25 August||31 August||29 August|
Christmas Day & Boxing Day
And of course there are the Christmas and Boxing day holidays. 25th and 26th December in case you were wondering. A point to note, if a bank holiday is on a weekend, a ‘substitute’ weekday becomes a bank holiday, normally the following Monday. Interestingly, Christmas Day holiday 2016 will fall on 27 December.