Common Holidays in the United Kingdom
2 January – New Year’s Day, MondaySunday is the first day of the year 2023. To compensate for the fact that the first day falls on a Sunday, the UK, like most other countries, declares the next day a public holiday. If you plan to spend New Year’s Eve in the UK, keep in mind that the first Monday in January is also a public holiday. This is a day to relax and reconnect with loved ones before welcoming the New Year with hope and joy. In Scotland, a custom known as ‘first footer’ is observed, in which it is believed that the first person to visit someone’s home on New Year’s Day will bring good luck to the home. Moreover, there are plenty of places to celebrate New Year in London.
7 April – Good FridayGood Friday falls in April in 2023 and Christians around the world spend the day remembering Jesus Christ’s sacrifices. This public holiday in the UK is relatively quiet as people prepare to attend church sermons and Mass. Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday are fall on the following days. Restaurants do not serve meat on Good Friday because it is not eaten by the locals. On this day, you would mostly find Brit’s favourites like fish and chips and hot cross buns on restaurant menus.
10 April – Easter Monday – except ScotlandIn England, Wales, and Northern Ireland, the Monday following Easter is a public religious holiday known as Easter Monday. This is the fourth and final day of a four-day holy observance for the Christian community. This is typically a busy day as people return to their regular lives after visiting loved ones or enjoying a short vacation.
1 May – Early May Bank HolidayThe first of May is celebrated in the UK to welcome spring and is regarded as a day of rebirth of nature and all that is good in life. On this day, many traditional customs are observed, such as the lighting of massive bonfires known as Beltane Bonfires in Scotland. Parades, carnivals with Maypole dancing and Morris dancing are also held in many regions.
8 May – King Charles III’s Coronation, MondayThe United Kingdom will have an extra holiday this year when the new King is crowned on May 6, 2023. To mark the occasion of King Charles III’s coronation, next Monday – 8 May has been declared a public holiday. Being an extended weekend, you can expect huge crowds on the roads as people gather to see their New King. Overall, the UK will be buzzing with excitement on this day as the UK’s throne welcomes a new King.
29 May – Spring Bank Holiday, MondayThe last Monday of May is a public holiday in the United Kingdom known as the Spring Bank Holiday. Since the next public holiday is only in August, most people use this opportunity to go on quick relaxing getaways or trips to see their loved ones. This holiday offers an extended weekend for workers and service providers.
28 August – Summer Bank Holiday, MondayThe Summer Bank Holiday, the final holiday of the British summer, is a public holiday during which people can enjoy the last few sunny days before the winter chill sets in. The Notting Hill Carnival takes place on this day in London. Although this is not a holiday in Scotland, banks close to coincide with the rest of the country’s financial working hours. In Scotland, this day is observed on the first Monday of August. This is the final summer holiday for England, Northern Ireland, and Wales, as the next set of holidays occurs only in wintry December.
25 December – Christmas Day, MondayThe next major public holiday is Christmas Day, which falls on December 25th. However, the holiday spirit begins to take hold weeks before this date, with major cities decked out in massive Christmas trees, mistletoe and berry wreaths, fairy lights, nativity scene installations, and other spectacular displays of illuminations. This is the best time to visit the UK, especially London because the entire city is aglow with excitement. The iconic white Christmas can be enjoyed in all nooks and corners of the UK with incredible experiences such as visiting castles, shopping at Christmas Markets, and even taking the Polar Express with Santa Claus on board. This is one of the busiest public holidays in the UK, and if you are here for Christmas, you will enjoy every minute of it.
26 December – Boxing Day, TuesdayBoxing Day is the day following Christmas. Traditionally, employers would give their employees clothes, money, or gifts on this day. However, in modern times, it is widely regarded as a day to unwind and recover from the excitement of Christmas week, and to spend time with family and friends. The day is also popular for attending sporting events.
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