2016 Holidays in UK Calendar : Public holidays in the United Kingdom are days where most businesses and non-essential services are closed, although an increasing number of retail businesses especially the larger ones do open on some of the public holidays. There are restrictions on trading on Sundays and Christmas Day in England and Wales and on New Year’s Day and Christmas Day in Scotland. Public holidays are often referred to as bank holidays.2016 Holidays in UK Templates are the calendars in which bank holidays are mentioned with their significances.
Four public holidays are common to all countries of the United Kingdom. These are New Year’s Day, the first Monday in May, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Some banks open on some bank holidays for the purpose.
UK bank holidays 2016 calendar
The two terms are often used without a change,but strictly and legally there is a slight difference between them. Bank holidays are holidays when banks and many other businesses are closed for the day. Public holidays are holidays which have been observed through custom and practice of the people of the country or state.
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There is no automatic right to time off on these days, although banks close and the majority of the working population is given time off work or paid extra for working on these days, depending on their work and their working contract.
Today the term is normally used for Good Friday and Christmas Day which were already public holidays under common law and therefore not official bank holidays in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
|England, Wales, Ireland||Scotland|
|New Year’s Day|
|Easter Monday||Good Friday|
|Whit Monday||First Monday in May|
|First Monday in August||First Monday in August|
|Boxing Day||Christmas Day|
Early May bank holiday:
The first Monday of May is a bank holiday in the United Kingdom. It is called May Day in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. It is known as the Early May Bank Holiday in Scotland. It probably originated as a Roman festival honoring the beginning of the summer season. In more recent times, it has been as a day to campaign for and celebrate workers’ rights.This day is probably made up for the banks and named it as bank holidays.
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The first Monday in May is a bank holiday and many people have a day off work. Many organizations, businesses, and schools are closed, while stores may be open or closed, according to local custom. Public transport systems often run to a holiday timetable.This is particularly true of events to celebrate Flora, a Roman goddess.