Public holidays in the UK are ordinarily referred to as bank holidays. Since the UK is a country with four or minor independent regions, official holidays range depending on whether you live in England, Wales, Scotland, or Northern Ireland. In Scotland, the summer bank holiday is in August. In addition, the Scots celebrate St. Andrews’ Day on November 30 and January 2 is also a bank holiday, but not Easter Monday.
Thoroughly, there are nine bank holidays in Scotland. In Northern Ireland, St. Patrick’s Day on March 17 is a bank holiday, and July 12 is Orange Day commemorating the Boeing War. Northern Ireland has a total of ten bank holidays, making it one of the busiest resorts in the UK. Please note that even if banks in the UK are closed, your employer will not necessarily be responsible for giving you paid leave during bank holidays. Also, even today most shops are open during the holidays in the UK, so not everyone has a holiday these days. When bank holidays fall over the weekend, the following Monday is usually the “alternative” holiday.
For example, Tuesday, January 2, 2017, will be the national alternative holiday for New Year’s Day (excluding Scotland). The UK does not have a National Day, which is one of two countries in the world that do not have one (the other being Denmark). It is a bit far-fetched to consider that most countries in the world have national days to celebrate independence from British rule.
Interfaith Holidays in the UK
Today the UK is a very multicultural society (although unfortunately discrimination and racism still exist). There are a lot of religious and cultural holidays with multiculturalism. If holidays outside of an appropriate religion are new to you, you will soon find out around holidays like Eid-ul-Fitr, Diwali, Noruz, Rosh Hashana, and Guru Nanak. You can even start celebrating some of them! These holidays enter the annual calendar for holidays in the UK, although they are celebrated only by certain segments of the population and are not usually given time by employers.