MANY Brits have been restricted to life indoors during the coronavirus lockdown.
But despite the doom and gloom, there are still some bank holidays to look forward to that you can't miss.
Bank holidays in the UK
The next bank holiday this year falls on May 25, 2020. This is called the spring bank holiday.
This year our remaining bank holidays fall on the following dates:
- August 31 – Summer bank holiday (Northern Ireland, England and Wales)
- December 25 – Christmas Day
- December 26 – Boxing Day
What about Scotland and Ireland?
The Scottish miss out on Easter Monday bank holiday and the August 31 holiday, but they get a few of their own with a total of nine Bank Holidays each year. The remaining ones that are different to England are:
- August 3 – Summer Bank Holiday
- November 30 – St Andrew's Day
The Northern Irish get two extras as well, totalling ten a year. The remaining bank holidays are:
- July 13 – Battle of the Boyne
What is a bank holiday?
A bank holiday is a public holiday in the UK when most people are given an extra day off work.
They were given the name bank holidays as banks are closed – and if they can't do business, no-one else can.
Similarly, schools are shut on bank holidays, and transport services are often scaled back.
Booking certain days off work can help your holiday allowance stretch further.
What are the other key dates left in 2020?
- Saturday, May 23 – Eid al-Fitr
- Saturday, June 20 – Summer Solstice
- Sunday, June 21 – Father’s Day
- Thursday, July 30 – Eid al-Adha begins
- Wednesday, August 19 – Islamic New Year
- Friday, September 18 – Rosh Hashanah
- Sunday, September 27 – Yom Kippur
- Sunday, October 25 – Daylight saving time ends
- Saturday, October 31 – Halloween
- Thursday, November 5 – Guy Fawkes Night
- Sunday, November 8 – Remembrance Sunday
- Wednesday, November 11 – Armistice Day
- Saturday, November 14 – Diwali (TBC)
- Monday, November 30 – St Andrew’s Day
- Thursday, December 10 – Hanukkah begins
- Monday, December 21 – Winter Solstice
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