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United Kingdom (Scotland) : public and bank holidays, closure of banks, stock exchanges, school vacations


United Kingdom (Scotland) : complete schedule of public and bank holidays, closure of banks and stock exchanges, school vacations, trade fairs, cultural and sporting events, festivals, carnivals, election during the current 2 months

Internet domain: .uk - Telephone code: +44 - International dialing code: 00 - GMT offset: 0 (DST: yes)
Currency: Pound (GBP) ... Convert here!
Weekend: Saturday & Sunday

English (350 million speakers in 47 countries), Gaelic (0.6 million speakers), Welsh (0.6 million speakers) ...
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New Year's Day**Monday January 1, 2018Secular holiday 
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2nd January (banks remain open)Tuesday January 2, 2018Secular holiday 
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Parliament recess (end)Monday January 8, 2018Special Events 
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Christmas holidays (end)**Tuesday January 9, 2018School holidays 
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Scottish Trade and Food Fair**Sunday January 21, 2018Tradeshows 
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Robert Burn's night*Thursday January 25, 2018Culture 
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Christmas holiday (beginning)*Friday December 22, 2017School holidays 
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Parliament recess (beginning)Saturday December 23, 2017Special Events 
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Christmas Day*Monday December 25, 2017Catholic or protestant 
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Boxing Day*Tuesday December 26, 2017Secular holiday 
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New Year's Day -
Monday January 1, 2018

Secular holiday : Not a paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday

2nd January (banks remain open) -
Tuesday January 2, 2018

Secular holiday :

Parliament recess (end) -
Monday January 8, 2018

Special Events :

Christmas holidays (end) -
Tuesday January 9, 2018

School holidays :
Official calendar for Edinburg Council ONLY
For other councils, please report to
school uniform required (sometimes with kilt)
all study programs are aligned with the requirements of the Bologna Process

PISA ranking (average 493): 509 (among the 15 best WW)
Number of teaching days: 200
Schooling is mandatory till age 18
number of instructional hours per year in lower secondary education: 850
schools close on Saturday
The University of Glasgow ranking: Times Higher Education #88/QS ranking #65/Shanghai #151-200
These dates are officially confirmed till July 2018

Scottish Trade and Food Fair -
Sunday January 21, 2018

Tradeshows : Lasts 3 days - in Glasgow 2018 edition confirmed

Robert Burn's night -
Thursday January 25, 2018

Culture : Burns Night or Burns Nicht or Burns supper is a celebration of the life and poetry of the poet Robert Burns(1759–1796), author of many Scots poems.

Christmas holiday (beginning) -
Friday December 22, 2017

School holidays : May vary according to the local council for a complete list of UK & Scottish holidays, please go to or

Parliament recess (beginning) -
Saturday December 23, 2017

Special Events :

Christmas Day -
Monday December 25, 2017

Catholic or protestant : Since pre-historic times in Europe, festivities (bonfires, offrerings) were marking the beginning of longer hours of daylight with fires and ritual. The Roman festival of Saturnalia lasted several days in December (gambling and offerings). Germanic tribes also celebrated mid-winter (drinking and rituals). The Bulgarian (with Koleduvane) and the Polish (with Gwiazdka) perpetuate this tradition. Jesus of Nazareth was probably born in springtime (Reformists favour autumn). But in the 4th century, December 25th was chosen for the celebration of his birth by Pope Julius I (Bishop Liberus is also mentioned in 354 A.D.). Thus, a Christian element was introduced in the long-established mid-winter festivals. Before 1582, the Papal States and other Italian city states celebrated New Year’s Day on Christmas Day.

Boxing Day -
Tuesday December 26, 2017

Secular holiday : Boxing Day is a holiday celebrated on the day following Christmas Day, when servants and tradesmen would traditionally receive gifts known as a Christmas box from their masters, employers or customers. Due to historical reasons, depending on the year, Boxing Day can be celebrated BEFORE Christmas in the UK. [Wikipedia]