August 1, 2016 – Bank Holidays List is an informative website that provides a listing of all the bank holidays throughout the countries of the United Kingdom in an easy-to-use format. For anyone needing to know the official bank holiday dates in any of these countries, Bank Holidays List is an excellent resource.
In the United Kingdom, public holidays are typically referred to as bank holidays. While originally created as official bank holidays by the Bank Holidays Act of 1871, the term is more broadly used today and encompasses all public holidays such as Christmas Day and Good Friday.
There are minor differences in the dates that are set aside as bank holidays in the various countries within the Commonwealth. The Bank Holidays List website provides a calendar of bank holidays specifically for England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland.
The website also presents more detailed information about specific bank holidays including a description of the holiday, its history and a selection of facts about the holiday. Interesting information can be discovered about the following holidays:
• Boxing Day – also known as Saint Stephen’s Day and celebrated on December 26 and 27, the holiday is a time to share gifts among friends
• St. Andrew’s Day – the feast day of Saint Andrew celebrated on November 30, Saint Andrew was one of Jesus’ twelve apostles and is the patron saint of Scotland
• Christmas Day – designated to be on December 25 by Pope Julius I in 350 A.D., the holiday celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ
• Valentine’s Day – a romantic day for couples celebrated on February 14, also known as the Feast of Saint Valentine (this holiday is not an official bank holiday)
For an up-to-date and accurate listing of all bank holidays in the United Kingdom, or for information and interesting facts about a specific bank holiday, please visit the website at www.bankholidayslist.com. If a bank holiday falls on a weekend day, a substitute weekday is designated to celebrate the holiday, typically the following Monday.