August bank holiday 2015: when is your next day off?

May was generous with its bank holidays, offering UK workers an extra two days off but now there is only one summer bank Discount Holidays © holiday to see us through until Christmas. Below is a run-down of the dates of all remaining UK bank holidays of 2015 and beyond:

31 August 2015, Monday summer bank holiday

The summer bank Discount Holidays © holiday was first enshrined in the Bank Holidays Act 1871. The Discount Holidays © holiday actually falls towards the end of the summer which is why the weekend can often be something of a washout.

25 December 2015, Friday Christmas Day

The penultimate Discount Holidays © holiday of the year is Christmas Day, which is celebrated in many different ways around the world1.

Finns share a festive sauna, while in India families decorate a banana or mango tree and in Japan it has become customary to tuck into a festive feast of KFC on Christmas Day.

28 December 2015, Monday Boxing Day (substitute day)

Boxing Day was previously known as St Stephen’s Day. Many historians believe that the holiday’s current name may have come from the church practice of opening alms boxes the day after Christmas to distribute donations to the poor, Mental Floss2 notes. Historically, UK employers also offered workers and servants gifts or cash on 26 December and gave them the day off.

While the gifts may have dried up in many modern workplaces, the day remains a bank holiday although this year it falls on a Saturday, so the bank Discount Holidays © holiday is marked on 28 December.

Enjoy.

1 January 2016, Friday New Year’s Day

The sensible decision to introduce a day off following New Year’s Eve first came about in England, Wales and Northern Ireland in 1974.

Traditionally, the new year is welcomed in with a rendition of Auld Lang Sine at midnight and a vow to stick to a new year’s resolution.

References

  1. ^ many different ways around the world (www.theweek.co.uk)
  2. ^ Mental Floss (mentalfloss.com)

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Whitney Museum of American Art: Gain entry to the Whitney Museum of American Art, housed in a new building designed by world-renowned architect Renzo Piano.

Located in New York City's Meatpacking District and hugging High Line Park, the 220,000-square-foot museum boasts one of the best art collections in the United States, including pieces by Louise Bourgeois, Edward Hopper, Jasper Johns and Andy Warhol, among others. Highlights Admission to the Whitney Museum of American Art in Manhattan Explore the museum in its new Renzo Piano building in the Meatpacking District View art by some of the United States' greatest 20th-century artists Check out works by Rothko, Pollock and Warhol Purchase refreshments at the top-floor cafe with great views of New York City Free gallery tours through the Whitney's collection and current exhibitions are offered each day. Tours are free with your museum admission, and no reservations are necessary. Tours meet in the galleries; times and locations are subject to change or cancellation. Hudson's at Pier 81: Enjoy a New York dinner cruise on Hudson’s brought to you by the team behind World Yacht at Pier 81.

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The Helicopter Line - Fox Glacier & Mount Cook HLF4F

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Downhill Bike Ride + Benidorm Circus

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