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Holiday Calendar for United Kingdom

Holiday Calendar for United Kingdom for 2024-2025 year
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National traditions, public holidays and notable observances for 2024-2025 year

April 2024

Tuesday 23 April - St. George's Day (Great Britain, Canada, Newfoundland)

May 2024

Friday 3 May - No Pants Day (It is held on the first Friday in May); Brunette Day
Saturday 11 May - World Fair Trade Day (celebrated on the second Saturday of May)
Wednesday 22 May - World Goth Day (The Official World Goth Day site defines it as "a day where the goth scene gets to celebrate its own being, and an opportunity to make its presence known to the rest of the world.")
Thursday 30 May - Anguilla Day (commemorates the beginning of the Anguillian Revolution in 1967); Prudential Day

June 2024

Saturday 1 June - National Volunteer Week in UK (is held in the first week of June)
Saturday 8 June - Lindisfarne Day (in memory of the Viking raid on the tidal island of Lindisfarne on the northeastern coast of England in 793, which marked the beginning of the Viking era in Northern Europe)
Saturday 15 June - National Beer Day in United Kingdom; King’s Birthday in UK (Since 1974, the Queen’s official birthday has been celebrated on Saturday in the range between June 11 and 17. A military parade known as Trooping the Colour is held in London and is attended by the Royal Family); Magna Carta Day in Britain; International Cleaners Day
Sunday 16 June - Sussex Day (The event takes place on St Richard's Day, the feast day of St Richard of Chichester, Sussex's patron saint); Father's Day (Ñelebrated on the third Sunday of June øò Argentina, Aruba, Canada, Costa Rica, France, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Kenya, Japan, Macao, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, Pakistan, Peru, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Venezuela, United Kingdom)
Tuesday 18 June - Waterloo Day (United Kingdom. The date of the Battle of Waterloo, in 1815)
Sunday 23 June - International Women in Engineering Day (National Women in Engineering Day was launched for the first time in the UK on 23 June 2014 by the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) to celebrate its 95th anniversary. Since that launch in 2014 the day has grown enormously over the subsequent years to the point where it received UNESCO patronage in 2016. In 2017, National Women in Engineering Day became international for the first time due to the interest and enthusiasm developed by the international audience and participants in the previous years)
Tuesday 25 June - International Scoliosis Awareness Day (SAUK launched #ISAD in 2013 to unite people across the world to create positive public awareness of scoliosis, promote education, and bring together those affected by the condition)
Saturday 29 June - Armed Forces Day in United Kingdom (and National Veterans' Day. It is celebrated at the end of June, usually on the last Saturday of the month)

July 2024

Monday 1 July - Territory Day (British Virgin Islands)
Friday 5 July - National Pet Remembrance Day in the UK; Tynwald Day (Isle of Man/ If July 5 is on a weekend, the holiday is the following Monday)
Sunday 7 July - Ratha Yatra (Held on the second day of Shukla Pakshi of the Hindu lunar month of Ashadha)
Thursday 18 July - Hot Dog Day (United States, Canada, Great Britain and Australia. It has been celebrated since 1971, when students first proposed it. Hot Dog Day itself is usually the third Saturday in April, although many students celebrate the entire "hot dog week", running from that Wednesday to that Sunday. July 18 – based on when the North American Meat Institute hosts its annual Hot Dog Lunch on Capitol Hill.)
Tuesday 30 July - International Embroidery Day or World Embroidery Day (founded by the Swedish 'Broderiakademin, BRAK' in 2011)
Wednesday 31 July - End of the Trinity term (sitting of the High Court of Justice of England); National Orgasm Day

August 2024

Thursday 1 August - The first day of Carnaval del Pueblo (Burgess Park, London, England); Yorkshire Day (Yorkshire, England); Minden Day (United Kingdom); Lammas (England, Scotland)
Monday 12 August - Glorious Twelfth in United Kingdom (The Glorious Twelfth is the twelfth day of August, the start of the shooting season for red grouse (Lagopus lagopus scotica), and to a lesser extent the ptarmigan (Lagopus muta) in Great Britain and Northern Ireland)
Sunday 25 August - Notting Hill Carnival in West London (held on the last Sunday of August)
Monday 26 August - August Bank Holiday in United Kingdom; US & UK National Dog Day (was founded by a woman - Colleen Paige - in 2004)

September 2024

Monday 16 September - Owain Glyndŵr Day (celebrates the life of Owain Glyndŵr who became Prince of Wales on this day in 1400)
Sunday 29 September - National Coffee Day; The Archangels Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael Day for England and Ireland (this is christian feast day and one of the four quarter days in the Irish calendar)

October 2024

Tuesday 1 October - Lincolnshire Day (United Kingdom); Bipolar Awareness Day in the UK (Held on the first Tuesday in October)
Tuesday 15 October - Memorial Day for the loss of a child during pregnancy or a newborn (noted in Ohio, USA, Canada, France, Britain and Italy)
Monday 21 October - Trafalgar Day in Great Britain (celebration of the victory won by the Royal Navy, commanded by Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson, over the combined French and Spanish fleets at the Battle of Trafalgar on 21 October 1805); Apple Day (United Kingdom)
Thursday 31 October - Allantide (Cornwall); Hop-tu-Naa (Isle of Man); Halloween

November 2024

Friday 1 November - Samhain in the Northern Hemisphere and Beltane in the Southern Hemisphere (celebrations start at sunset of October 31. Neopagan Wheel of the Year); Samhain (Celtic harvest festival and Druid festival of Celtic mythology); Diwali in USA
Monday 4 November - Guy Fawkes Night in England (In Britain, Bonfire Night is associated with the tradition of celebrating Guy Fawkes’ failed attempt to blow up the Houses of Parliament on 5th November 1605)
Tuesday 5 November - West Country Carnival (English West Country); Guy Fawkes Night (United Kingdom, New Zealand and Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada); World Romani Language Day; National Ginger Day (also called National Redhead Day, National Love Your Red Hair Day, or National Red Hair Day); International Volunteer Managers Day
Thursday 7 November - United Kingdom Engineer’s week (United Kingdom, Ireland 2022: 7 – 11 November 2022); London Poppy Day (Held on the first Thursday in November)
Sunday 10 November - Remembrance Sunday in United Kingdom (Celebrated on the second Sunday in November); Tongue Twister Day (It is celebrated on the second Sunday of November)
Sunday 17 November - Mitzvah Day International (Inaugurated - 2005. Held on the third Sunday of November)
Wednesday 20 November - Wedding day of Elizabeth II (United Kingdom); Martyr Edmund Day in England (Edmund the Martyr also known as St Edmund or Edmund of East Anglia, died 20 November 869, was king of East Anglia from about 855 until his death); Transgender Day of Remembrance
Thursday 28 November - Bedfordshire Day (is celebrated in the county of Bedfordshire to celebrate the birth of John Bunyan)
Friday 29 November - Arbour Day in British Virgin Islands (Held on the last Friday of November)
Saturday 30 November - St Andrew’s Day (holiday is Scotland’s official national day. In 2006, the Scottish Parliament designated St Andrew’s Day as an official bank holiday. It is also a national holiday in Romania)

December 2024

Sunday 8 December - Battle Day in Falkland Islands; Immaculate Conception (public holiday in several countries, a holy day of obligation in others)
Sunday 15 December - Homecoming Day in Alderney (in honor of the first return of the inhabitants of the island in 1945 after a mass evacuation in June 1940)
Monday 23 December - Tom Bawcock's Eve (Mousehole, Cornwall)
Thursday 26 December - Boxing day in Australia (also Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Great Britain, New Zealand, Canada, Kiribati, Nauru, Botswana, Ghana, Jamaica); Mummer's Day (Padstow, Cornwall)

January 2025

Monday 6 January - Hansel Monday in Scotland and Northern England (Celebrate the first Monday of the new year, give gifts at this time); Handsel Monday in Scotland (celebrated on the first Monday of the year)
Tuesday 7 January - Distaff Day (medieval Europe)
Monday 20 January - Cheese Lovers Day in USA and UK; Big Energy Saving Week in UK (Spent from Monday of the last full week of January)
Saturday 25 January - Burns Night (Scotland and Scottish community); St. Dwynwen's Day in Wales, UK (local patron saint of lovers)
Wednesday 29 January - Gibraltar Constitution Day (commemorates the constitution that came into force in January 2007. Gibraltar is a British overseas territory at the southern tip of the Iberian Peninsula); Lunar New Year

February 2025

Thursday 6 February - Time to Talk Day (Held on the first Thursday of February)
Friday 7 February - National Wear Red Day (United Kingdom, until 2016)
Wednesday 26 February - For Pete's Sake Day (if there’s a Pete in your life, why not do something for his sake?)
Saturday 29 February - Bachelor's Day (Ireland, United Kingdom)

March 2025

Saturday 1 March - Time for a Cuppa in England (gather your friends and family on a cup for a cup of tea, a piece of cake and a nose - all for good reason!); National Bed Month in United Kingdom (In 1988 a ground breaking study found that by switching an uncomfortable old bed to a lovely new one meant an extra 42 minutes of sleep!); Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month in Great Britain (when a woman is diagnosed at the earliest stage, her chance of surviving ovarian cancer for five years or more doubles from just 46 per cent to more than 90 per cent); St David Day in UK (people in Wales and those of Welsh origin celebrate the life of their patron saint); National Procrastination Week in the UK (the goal is to leave unnecessary tasks at a later time, provide mental and emotional relief, help reduce stress and anxiety); Self-injury Awareness Day; Marie Curie’s Great Daffodil Appeal in England (Marie Curie’s Great Daffodil Appeal has been raising awareness and funds since 1986. Without this generosity, thousands of families across the UK wouldn’t be able to make the most of the precious time they have left together)
Thursday 6 March - Crufts (The World's Largest Dog Show held in Birmingham, England)
Monday 10 March - Global Economics Day (Date in 2023. Celebrated at the International Business Festival [10-11 March, 2022], which takes place in Liverpool, UK every two years. The 2018 Festival celebrated and supported business, through unmissable conferences, seminars and bespoke business brokerage meetings at Exhibition Centre Liverpool for three weeks, bringing a world of business to anticipated crowds of thousands of delegates.The Festival hosted more than 100 individual events organized to promote economic stability and opportunities in a changing world and demonstrate the potential of the international market.); Commonwealth Day in Great Britain (Commonwealth of Nations; celebrated on the second Monday in March)
Tuesday 25 March - Historic start of the new year (Lady Day in England, Wales, Ireland, and the future United States until the adoption of the Gregorian calendar in 1752. The year 1751 began on 25 March; the year 1752 began on 1 January. It is one of the four Quarter days in Ireland and England)
Sunday 30 March - Mothering Sunday or Mother’s Day (United Kingdom, Western Christianity; celebrated on the fourth Sunday of Lent: Guernsey, Ireland, Isle of Man, Jersey, Nigeria); Eid al-Fitr

April 2025

Tuesday 8 April - Hocktide or Tutti Day in Hungerford, England (Hungerford Hocktide Festival is the Monday and Tuesday in the week following Easter Monday (so Hock Monday is exactly a week after Easter Monday). The associated Constables Sunday parade takes place on the Sunday following Tutti Day)

Typically British traditions

Being overly polite in every eventuality; adhering to the rules; the ability to queue nicely; sighing loudly if someone jumps the queue, but not doing anything about it; keeping a stiff upper lip at all times; always taking an umbrella down before you get indoors; refusing to complain about bad service; saying sorry when you’ve not done anything wrong; sending and receiving of greeting cards; taking great pride in celebrating one-time special events; visiting Pantomime at Christmas... also:
  • Reading the newspapers in the morning; eating a full English breakfast; considering meat and two veg as the staple parts of a main meal; dunking biscuits in tea; having a strong opinion about whether you put the milk in before the tea and hot water or vice versa; eating a traditional roast dinner on a Sunday; eating fish and chips on a Friday; barbequing at the first hint of sunshine
  • The Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace; doing a spot of gardening on a bank holiday and doing DIY on a bank holiday weekend; arguing about politics; instinctively wanting to go to the pub on a sunny day
  • Being proud of your garden; moving around the garden to catch the sun rays through the day; trying to catch the very last rays of sun on a summer day; having an avid interest in the weather at all times; flocking to the beach as soon as the temperature rises; taking layers of clothing to the beach, just in case it’s cold or the sun goes in when you get there
  • Pancake flipping on Shrove Tuesday; enjoying a cream tea in Devon; eating pasties when visiting Cornwall; getting the strawberries and cream out to watch Wimbledon; putting the kettle on in a crisis
  • Throughout November you may notice that lots of men are growing moustaches. This is because throughout November, the charity campaign of Movember encourages men to grow a moustache to raise funds in support of men’s health.
Shrove Tuesday, more commonly known as Pancake Day, falls the day before Lent begins. Lent is the traditional Christian period of fasting which begins 40 days before Easter and ends on Easter Sunday. Also celebrated - Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Also celebrated - Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday.
Many cities in the UK with a large Asian population celebrate Chinese New Year.
There are two London Fashion Weeks each year – the first London Fashion Week is in February and the second is in September.
Wimbledon in South West London (JUNE-JULY) is the venue of one of four annual Grand Slam tennis tournaments held around the world.
The National Eisteddfod in august is Wales’ biggest arts and culture festival. You can listen to Welsh music, watch dance and theatre performances, listen to the Welsh language, sample Welsh food and crafts. Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the largest arts festival in the world. Notting Hill Carnival is held in the streets of Notting Hill in west London over the last Summer bank holiday weekend. It’s Europe’s biggest street festival and it is completely free.
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