UK Bank Holiday Dates
What better way to start the new year than with a well-earned rest? Sleep off your New Year's Eve celebrations, hit the sales, or simply do whatever you want before the January blues kick in. New Year’s Day itself falls on a Sunday, so January 2nd will be a bank holiday in the UK at the start of 2013, meaning we all get a three-day weekend before heading back to work. It may officially be a bank holiday,but you can be sure plenty of high street stores will be open meaning you can use your time off to bag some bargains by hitting the shops.
6th April Bank Holiday
Despite the commercial furore of Christmas, it is actually Easter which is traditionally the most important time of year in the Christian calendar. Here in the UK, the importance of the Easter period is preserved with two bank holidays which also help decide when the school holidays will fall as well. Good Friday itself commemorates the day Jesus Christ is believed to have died on the cross and falls two days before Easter Sunday. Many shops will remain open but schools and many workplaces will close, while no horse racing takes place in the UK on Good Friday.
9th April Bank Holiday
Easter Monday falls the day after Easter Sunday and is a bank holiday in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, but not in Scotland. The precise dates of Easter can vary by more than a month from year to year. Easter Sunday falls on the first Sunday after the first full moon on or after the Spring Equinox, which usually occurs from March 20th to 21st. Because of the variations in the full moon dates, Easter Monday can occur anytime between March 23rd and April 26th. In 2013, Easter Monday is on April 9th because the first full moon after the equinox is on April 6th.
7th May Bank Holiday
The first Monday in May is a bank holiday in the UK, traditionally known as May Day in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and the Early May Bank Holiday in Scotland. There are many traditional celebrations associated with May Day, including dancing around the Maypole, Morris dancing, village fetes and the crowning of the May Queen. It has also become associated with celebrating workers’ rights and is known as Labour Day around the world. It has been an official public holiday in the UK since 1978 but the Government announced in 2011 that it was considering scrapping May Day in favour of other bank holiday dates. It will still go ahead in 2013 though, on May 7th.
4th June Bank Holiday
The Spring Bank Holiday, traditionally known as Whit Monday or the Whitsun Bank Holiday, was declared a public holiday in the UK in 1871. Traditionally it was the first Monday after Pentecost which is marked seven weeks after Easter Sunday, meaning the date was variable. However, since 1971 in the UK it was changed to the Spring Bank Holiday and given a fixed date on the last Monday of May. In 2013 however, the holiday has been moved back to June 4th to coincide with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations and create a four-day celebration weekend.
5th June Bank Holiday
The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee has been designated a special bank holiday in the UK in 2013. Plans for a celebration weekend to mark 60 years of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, who first came to the throne in 1952, have been announced to take place from June 2nd to 5th. The late May bank holiday will be moved to June 4th, while June 5th has been named as a bank holiday in 2013 to create a four-day weekend. It is the second year in a row that a special bank holiday has been created for royal celebrations, following the Royal Wedding on April 29th, 2011.
27th August Bank Holiday
The Summer Bank Holiday in England, Wales and Northern Ireland takes place on the last Monday of August, signalling the end of the summer holidays for many families before they return to work or school. In 2013 it will take place on August 27th, while in Scotland it takes place on the first Monday in August, which in 2013 will be on August 6th. For nearly a century the August bank holiday was also on the first Monday of the month throughout the UK, having been declared as a bank holiday in 1871 before this was changed to the last Monday in England, Wales and Northern Ireland in 1971.
25th December Bank Holiday
Christmas Day is the most thoroughly observed bank holiday in the UK, with the majority of businesses, services and shops remaining closed on December 25th every year. It traditionally celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ for Christians, but is still celebrated throughout the country by people of other religions or non-religious people and is a time which many dedicate to spending with their families. Many of the traditions and decorations of the day itself have Pagan origins and families up and down the UK exchange gifts around the Christmas tree and tuck into a sumptuous Christmas dinner.
26th December Bank Holiday
Boxing Day has many of its own traditions but for many it is a time for sleeping off the excesses of the day before. While it is still officially a bank holiday, many shops in the UK now open for trading using it as an opportunity to start their January sales early. It is also a big day for sports fans in the UK, with football fixtures taking place around the country, as well as a number of top class horse races. Traditionally it was also a big day for fox-hunting among the upper classes, and this practice still takes place despite the past-time having been outlawed since 2005.
Uk Bank Holidays 2013 Information
Everyone loves a day off work so people around the country will be keeping a close eye on the UK bank holiday dates for 2013. As a bonus, we’ll even be getting an extra bank holiday again in 2013 thanks to the dear old Queen. If ever you needed an excuse to be patriotic then an extra holiday is as good a reason as any. The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee will be marked with an extra bank holiday on Tuesday, June 5, so people around the country will be able to celebrate in style thanks to being given an extra day off work. The traditional end of May bank holiday will be moved to June 4 to create a four-day weekend.
The bonus bank holiday in 2011, thanks to Prince William marrying Catherine Middleton, was greeted with street parties and bunting-clad celebrations up and down the UK. Those scenes are sure to be repeated come the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, but there are plenty of ways to make the most of the UK bank holidays that come around in 2013.
Break out the barbecue
The summer months are littered with bank holidays, including in May, August and the bonus date in June, while we might even get some Spring sunshine during the Easter bank holidays. The hope of sunshine and the relaxed vibe of a day off work make bank holidays perfect for firing up the barbecue for some al fresco dining. You can weather-proof your party with some simple awning or a gazebo as well.
The hallowed ‘three-day weekend’ - or the four-day weekend in June 2013 - is perfect for escaping somewhere with friends, family or loved ones. The wealth of budget flights available means you can plan in advance to get a cheap break abroad, just make sure you get in quick as the best fares around these dates are bound to book up quickly. Alternatively, plump for a ‘staycation’ and sneak off for a couple of nights in a UK holiday cottage or pamper yourselves in a luxury hotel.
Midweek night out
A bank holiday means you can enjoy a night on the town on a Thursday without the fear of a bleary-eyed morning in the office the next day. The feelgood factor means nightspots will be buzzing with revellers in holiday mode as well.
Book a long holiday
The extra day off work means you can enjoy a longer break without using up as much of your holiday allowance. Avoid travelling on the bank holiday date itself and you’re sure to save on your travel fares, but make sure you plan in advance to book the extra time with your employers before any of your colleagues do.
Work through the bank holiday
This might not sound the most fun option and some of you may be forced to work anyway. But you could also volunteer to work through on the bank holidays when others are enjoying themselves. It can work in your favour if you get extra pay and the time off in lieu to use when you want. Save up the extra cash and the extra holiday time and use it to treat yourself to a special few days later in the year.