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United Kingdom of G.B. & N. Ireland (Wales) : public and bank holidays, closure of banks, stock exchanges, school vacations

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United Kingdom of G.B. & N. Ireland (Wales) : 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







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New Year's Day**Monday January 1, 2018Secular holiday 
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winter holiday (end)**Monday January 8, 2018School holidays 
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winter holiday (beginning)Friday December 22, 2017School holidays 
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Christmas Day*Monday December 25, 2017Catholic or protestant 
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New Year's Day -
Monday January 1, 2018

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


Winter holiday (end) -
Monday January 8, 2018

School holidays : Http://gov.wales
in Cardiff - may vary from Council to Council
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
schools close on Saturday
school uniforms required
Cardiff University ranking: Times Higher Education #--/QS ranking #137/Shanghai #101
These dates are officially confirmed till July 2018


Winter holiday (beginning) -
Friday December 22, 2017

School holidays :


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.