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These are the public holidays observed in the countries of the United Kingdom. Workers in the United Kingdom are not automatically entitled to time off on a public holiday. Time off can be provided for in an employment agreement or by expending annual leave.[1]

British people tend to call their public holidays bank holidays. When an anniversary day that is usually a bank holiday falls on a weekend, the date of the bank holiday is postponed and declared for a following weekday. This new date is termed a 'bank holiday in lieu' of the actual anniversary day. In this way, public holidays are not 'lost' on years when they coincide with weekends (which will already be a day off for many people).

Increasingly, there are calls for public holidays on the patron saints' days in England, Scotland and Wales (Northern Ireland already has St Patrick's Day as a holiday). An online petition sent to the Prime Minister received 11,000 signatures for a public holiday in Wales on St. David's Day; the Scottish Parliament has passed a bill creating a public holiday on St. Andrew's Day although it must be taken in lieu of another public holiday[2]; campaigners in England are calling for a bank holiday on St. George's Day.

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England and Wales

Note: In 2012, there will be a special holiday on Tuesday, 5 June to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. Therefore, to make it a four-day weekend, the Spring Bank Holiday that would usually occur at the end of May will be pushed back to Monday, 4 June 2012.

Northern Ireland

Total: 10

Scotland

Total: 9[3]

Most Bank Holidays in Scotland are not holidays, as most public/local holidays are determined by local authorities across Scotland. Some of these may be taken in lieu of statutory holidays while others may be additional holidays. Since Easter 1996 the Scottish Clearing Banks have harmonised the days on which Scottish banks are closed with those in England and Wales and are therefore closed on Easter Monday and the last Monday in August (rather than the first). Many banks provide a limited service on 2 January.

Note: In 2012, there will be a special holiday on Tuesday, 5 June to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. Therefore, to make it a four-day weekend, along with the usual First Monday in June public holiday.

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