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Bank holidays are days off from work. No public offices (or, of course, banks) are open during bank holidays but most shops are and shopping is actually a very popular bank holiday activity. Make sure to check opening times before visiting on these days as some shops will operate reduced opening times. When a holiday like Christmas lands on a Saturday or Sunday, the following Monday is made a holiday.

The next bank holidays for 2013 are Christmas Day, Wednesday, December 25th and Boxing Day, Thursday, December 26th.

Holiday Date 2014 2015
New Year's Day - Celebrate the new year! January 1 Wednesday Thursday
Good Friday - Christian holiday - The Friday preceding Easter commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus. Varies Friday, April 18 Friday, April 3
Easter Monday - Christian holiday - Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus. Eat lots of chocolate. Varies Monday, April 21 Monday, April 6
Early May Bank…