This list of holidays includes both public holidays and observances in United Kingdom. Public holidays are special days that everyone gets off work, while observances are traditional celebrations and events that are popular in a particular country without a day-off work status. Some dates above may be modified as official changes are announced, so please check back regularly for updates.

Date Weekday Holiday Name Holiday Type Description and comments
January 1 Tuesday New Year's Day Public holiday

The first day of the year on the modern Gregorian calendar as well as the Julian calendar.

February 14 Thursday St. Valentine's Day Observance

Valentine's Day is recognized as a significant cultural, religious and commercial celebration of romance and romantic love.

March 1 Friday St. David's Day Observance

The feast day of Saint David, the patron of Wales, and celebrated by Welsh in many countries.

March 17 Sunday St. Patrick's Day Observance

Saint Patrick's Day is a cultural and religious celebration held on 17 March, the traditional death date of Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461), the foremost patron saint of Ireland.

March 31 Sunday Mothering Sunday Observance

Catholic and Protestant Christian feast for visiting the church in which one was baptised and honouring the mothers. Celebrated on the 4th Sunday in Lent

April 19 Friday Good Friday Public holiday

Christian holiday celebrating the crucifixion of Jesus and his death at Calvary. It is observed on the Friday preceding Easter Sunday

April 21 Sunday Easter Sunday Observance

Christian festival and holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, described in the New Testament.

April 22 Monday Easter Monday Public holiday

Easter Monday is the day after Easter Sunday and is a holiday in many countries.

April 23 Tuesday St. George's Day Observance

This is the feast day of Saint George celebrated by various Christian Churches and by the several nations, kingdoms, countries, and cities of which Saint George is the patron saint.

April 23 Tuesday Shakespeare Day Observance

This day honors William Shakespeare, who was one of England’s greatest poets.

May 6 Monday Early May bank holiday Public holiday

A public holiday in the UK and Ireland during which banking institutions are closed for business. May day is a traditional spring holiday in many cultures.
First Monday in May.

May 27 Monday Spring Bank Holiday Public holiday

Last Monday in May. Statutory bank holiday from 1971.

June 8 Saturday Queen's Birthday Observance

The selected day in some Commonwealth realms on which the birthday of the monarch (currently Elizabeth II) is officially celebrated. In UK it's on the second Saturday of June

June 16 Sunday Father's Day Observance

Celebration honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society. Third Sunday in June in many countries

October 31 Thursday Halloween Observance

The eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows' Day, traditionally considered the only day in the year when the spirits of the dead can return to earth. Halloween activities include trick-or-treating, attending Halloween costume parties, carving pumpkins into jack-o'-lanterns, divination games, telling scary stories, watching horror films etc.

November 5 Tuesday Guy Fawkes Night Observance

Anniversary of the Gunpowder Plot's failure and the arrest of Guy Fawkes

November 10 Sunday Remembrance Sunday Observance

A day to commemorate the contribution of British and Commonwealth military and civilian servicemen and women in the two World Wars and later conflicts. It is held on the second Sunday in November, the Sunday nearest to 11 November, Armistice Day

December 1 Sunday First Sunday of Advent Observance

It's the first day of the liturgical year and the start of the season of Advent.

December 24 Tuesday Christmas Eve Observance

Christian holiday, day or evening preceding the traditional birthday of Jesus

December 25 Wednesday Christmas Day Public holiday

Christian feast day that celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ. Held on December 25th in Western Christianity and some Eastern churches, and on January 7th in Oriental Orthodoxy churches and most Eastern churches

December 26 Thursday Boxing Day Public holiday

A holiday celebrated on the day after Christmas Day and also Saint Stephen's Day or Second Christmas Day in some countries or Day of Goodwill (South Africa)

December 31 Tuesday New Year's Eve Observance

The final day of the Gregorian year

Holidays in United Kingdom in 2019

This list of holidays includes both public holidays and observances in United Kingdom. Public holidays are special days that everyone gets off work, while observances are traditional celebrations and events that are popular in a particular country without a day-off work status. Some dates above may be modified as official changes are announced, so please check back regularly for updates.

Date Weekday Holiday Name Holiday Type Description and comments
January 1 Tuesday New Year's Day Public holiday

The first day of the year on the modern Gregorian calendar as well as the Julian calendar.

February 14 Thursday St. Valentine's Day Observance

Valentine's Day is recognized as a significant cultural, religious and commercial celebration of romance and romantic love.

March 1 Friday St. David's Day Observance

The feast day of Saint David, the patron of Wales, and celebrated by Welsh in many countries.

March 17 Sunday St. Patrick's Day Observance

Saint Patrick's Day is a cultural and religious celebration held on 17 March, the traditional death date of Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461), the foremost patron saint of Ireland.

March 31 Sunday Mothering Sunday Observance

Catholic and Protestant Christian feast for visiting the church in which one was baptised and honouring the mothers. Celebrated on the 4th Sunday in Lent

April 19 Friday Good Friday Public holiday

Christian holiday celebrating the crucifixion of Jesus and his death at Calvary. It is observed on the Friday preceding Easter Sunday

April 21 Sunday Easter Sunday Observance

Christian festival and holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, described in the New Testament.

April 22 Monday Easter Monday Public holiday

Easter Monday is the day after Easter Sunday and is a holiday in many countries.

April 23 Tuesday St. George's Day Observance

This is the feast day of Saint George celebrated by various Christian Churches and by the several nations, kingdoms, countries, and cities of which Saint George is the patron saint.

April 23 Tuesday Shakespeare Day Observance

This day honors William Shakespeare, who was one of England’s greatest poets.

May 6 Monday Early May bank holiday Public holiday

A public holiday in the UK and Ireland during which banking institutions are closed for business. May day is a traditional spring holiday in many cultures.
First Monday in May.

May 27 Monday Spring Bank Holiday Public holiday

Last Monday in May. Statutory bank holiday from 1971.

June 8 Saturday Queen's Birthday Observance

The selected day in some Commonwealth realms on which the birthday of the monarch (currently Elizabeth II) is officially celebrated. In UK it's on the second Saturday of June

June 16 Sunday Father's Day Observance

Celebration honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society. Third Sunday in June in many countries

October 31 Thursday Halloween Observance

The eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows' Day, traditionally considered the only day in the year when the spirits of the dead can return to earth. Halloween activities include trick-or-treating, attending Halloween costume parties, carving pumpkins into jack-o'-lanterns, divination games, telling scary stories, watching horror films etc.

November 5 Tuesday Guy Fawkes Night Observance

Anniversary of the Gunpowder Plot's failure and the arrest of Guy Fawkes

November 10 Sunday Remembrance Sunday Observance

A day to commemorate the contribution of British and Commonwealth military and civilian servicemen and women in the two World Wars and later conflicts. It is held on the second Sunday in November, the Sunday nearest to 11 November, Armistice Day

December 1 Sunday First Sunday of Advent Observance

It's the first day of the liturgical year and the start of the season of Advent.

December 24 Tuesday Christmas Eve Observance

Christian holiday, day or evening preceding the traditional birthday of Jesus

December 25 Wednesday Christmas Day Public holiday

Christian feast day that celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ. Held on December 25th in Western Christianity and some Eastern churches, and on January 7th in Oriental Orthodoxy churches and most Eastern churches

December 26 Thursday Boxing Day Public holiday

A holiday celebrated on the day after Christmas Day and also Saint Stephen's Day or Second Christmas Day in some countries or Day of Goodwill (South Africa)

December 31 Tuesday New Year's Eve Observance

The final day of the Gregorian year

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