Here are all the bank holidays in 2018

It's back to work for 2018 and let's face it, we all need something to look forward to as we return to work after the festive break!

Booking a holiday may be top of your to do list today, but let's not forget we have some bank holidays to look forward to every year, which can ease the working year by bringing us a shorter working week.

Ours can't be the only office in the UK where people are today asking that all-important question - when are the bank holidays in 2018?

We all love a bank holiday, after all, but did you know your employer isn't obliged to give you paid leave on bank or public holidays?

In fact, your boss can choose whether to include bank holidays as part of your statutory annual leave.

To find out more about your legal holiday entitlement, go to the Government website for further information.

And without further ado, here are all of the bank holidays ahead of us in 2018.

  • Monday, January 1: New Year’s Day
  • Friday, March 30: Good Friday
  • Monday, April 2: Easter Monday
  • Monday, May 7: Early May bank holiday
  • Monday, May 28: Spring bank holiday
  • Monday, August 27: Summer bank holiday
  • Tuesday, December 25: Christmas Day
  • Wednesday, December 26: Boxing Day

What is a bank holiday and why do we have them?

A bank holiday is our term for a public holiday, and the term is only really used in the UK, Ireland, Hong Kong and some Commonwealth countries. The term derived from the fact the banks close on these days.

Back in the 1800s, British workers were treated to around 33 public holidays, which centred on saints days and religious festivals.

However, the first official bank holidays were the four days cited in the Bank Holidays Act 1871, established by Liberal politician and banker Sir John Lubbock.

For England, Wales and Northern Ireland, these were Easter Monday, Whit Monday, the first Monday in August and Boxing Day. For Scotland, the act stated New Year's Day, Good Friday, the first Monday in May, the first Monday in August and Christmas Day.

Today, we use the term bank holiday for Christmas Day and Good Friday in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, too, although they were already public holidays under common law.

People were so grateful to Sir John for the time off work, they nicknamed the days St Lubbock's days for a while!

You may be wondering, why does Scotland have different holidays to the rest of the UK?

In fact, as Scotland places more importance on New Year's Day, it was treated separately with its own specific bank holidays.

In fact, New Year's Day didn't become an official bank holiday in England until 1974!

This year, millions of UK workers were hoping the forthcoming Royal Wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle would spark an extra public holiday, but unfortunately Buckingham Palace has announced that this will not be the case.

So, for now, all that's left to do to cure those January blues is start planning your next holiday!

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And on behalf of everyone at Help Me Park, we wish you a very Happy New Year and all the best for 2018!