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Holiday Calendar for United Kingdom

Holiday Calendar for United Kingdom for 2018-2019 years
Traditions in England have been around for centuries. British traditions are famous worldwide. Britain has many wonderful traditions. English traditions, notable events, festivals, special days and national holidays in United Kingdom

National traditions, public holidays and notable observances for 2018-2019 years

October 2018

Saturday 27 October - Black Cat Appreciation Day (United Kingdom)
Wednesday 31 October - Allantide (Cornwall); Halloween

November 2018

Sunday 4 November - Guy Fawkes Night in England (In Britain, Bonfire Night is associated with the tradition of celebrating Guy Fawkes’ failed attempt to blow up the Houses of Parliament on 5th November 1605)
Monday 5 November - West Country Carnival (English West Country); Guy Fawkes Night (United Kingdom, New Zealand and Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada), and its related observances: - Pope Night (Thirteen Colonies)
Sunday 11 November - Remembrance Sunday in United Kingdom (celebrated on the second Sunday in November); Remembrance Day (United Kingdom and the Commonwealth of Nations, including Australia and Canada)
Tuesday 20 November - Wedding day of Elizabeth II (United Kingdom); Martyr Edmund Day in England (Edmund the Martyr also known as St Edmund or Edmund of East Anglia, died 20 November 869, was king of East Anglia from about 855 until his death)
Tuesday 27 November - Lancashire Day (United Kingdom)
Wednesday 28 November - Bedfordshire day is celebrated in the county of Bedfordshire to celebrate the birth of John Bunyan
Friday 30 November - St Andrew’s Day (holiday is Scotland’s official national day. In 2006, the Scottish Parliament designated St Andrew’s Day as an official bank holiday. It is also a national holiday in Romania)

December 2018

Sunday 23 December - Tom Bawcock's Eve (Mousehole, Cornwall)
Tuesday 25 December - Her Majesty The Queen Speech in United Kingdom; Christmas Day
Wednesday 26 December - Boxing day (Australia, Great Britain, New Zealand, Canada, Kiribati, Nauru, Botswana); Mummer's Day (Padstow, Cornwall)

January 2019

Friday 25 January - Burns Night (Scotland and Scottish community)
Sunday 27 January - Holocaust Memorial Day (UK)

February 2019

Monday 11 February - Cædmon, first recorded Christian poet in England, circa 680 CE (Anglicanism)
Tuesday 26 February - National Wear Red Day (United Kingdom, until 2016)
Friday 29 February - Bachelor's Day (Ireland, United Kingdom)

March 2019

Friday 1 March - Time for a Cuppa in England (gather your friends and family on a cup for a cup of tea, a piece of cake and a nose - all for good reason!); National Bed Month in United Kingdom (In 1988 a ground breaking study found that by switching an uncomfortable old bed to a lovely new one meant an extra 42 minutes of sleep!); Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month in Great Britain (when a woman is diagnosed at the earliest stage, her chance of surviving ovarian cancer for five years or more doubles from just 46 per cent to more than 90 per cent); St David Day in UK (people in Wales and those of Welsh origin celebrate the life of their patron saint)
Saturday 9 March - Engineer’s week (United Kingdom, 2018: 9-18 March)
Monday 25 March - Historic start of the new year (Lady Day) in England, Wales, Ireland, and the future United States until the adoption of the Gregorian calendar in 1752. (The year 1751 began on 25 March; the year 1752 began on 1 January.) It is one of the four Quarter days in Ireland and England
Sunday 31 March - Mothering Sunday or Mother’s Day (United Kingdom, Western Christianity; celebrated on the fourth Sunday of Lent)

April 2019

Monday 15 April - Hillsborough Disaster Memorial (Liverpool, England)
Friday 19 April - Primrose Day in England; Good Friday
Tuesday 23 April - St. George's Day (Great Britain, Canada, Newfoundland)
Monday 29 April - Hocktide or Tutti Day in Hungerford, England (Hungerford Hocktide Festival is the Monday and Tuesday in the week following Easter Monday (so Hock Monday is exactly a week after Easter Monday). The associated Constables Sunday parade takes place on the Sunday following Tutti Day)

May 2019

Wednesday 8 May - Furry Dance (Helston, UK)
Monday 13 May - Abbotsbury Garland Day (Dorset, England)
Wednesday 22 May - World Goth Day (The Official World Goth Day site defines it as "a day where the goth scene gets to celebrate its own being, and an opportunity to make its presence known to the rest of the world.")
Monday 27 May - Spring holiday in the UK
Wednesday 29 May - Castleton Garland Day (Castleton, England)

June 2019

Wednesday 12 June - Global Economics Day (Date in 2018. Celebrated at the International Business Festival (June 12 - 28, 2018), which takes place in Liverpool, UK every two years. The 2018 Festival celebrated and supported business, through unmissable conferences, seminars and bespoke business brokerage meetings at Exhibition Centre Liverpool for three weeks, bringing a world of business to anticipated crowds of thousands of delegates.The Festival hosted more than 100 individual events organized to promote economic stability and opportunities in a changing world and demonstrate the potential of the international market.)
Saturday 15 June - National Beer Day (United Kingdom); Queen's Birthday in UK (Since 1974, the Queen’s official birthday has been celebrated on Saturday in the range between June 11 and 17. A military parade known as Trooping the Colour is held in London and is attended by the Royal Family)
Sunday 16 June - Sussex Day (The event takes place on St Richard's Day, the feast day of St Richard of Chichester, Sussex's patron saint); Father's Day (Ńelebrated on the third Sunday of June řň Argentina, Aruba, Canada, Costa Rica, France, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Kenya, Japan, Macao, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, Pakistan, Peru, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Venezuela, United Kingdom)
Tuesday 18 June - Waterloo Day (United Kingdom. The date of the Battle of Waterloo, in 1815)
Sunday 23 June - International Women in Engineering Day (National Women in Engineering Day was launched for the first time in the UK on 23 June 2014 by the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) to celebrate its 95th anniversary. Since that launch in 2014 the day has grown enormously over the subsequent years to the point where it received UNESCO patronage in 2016. In 2017, National Women in Engineering Day became international for the first time due to the interest and enthusiasm developed by the international audience and participants in the previous years)
Monday 24 June - Midsummer Day in England
Saturday 29 June - Armed Forces Day in United Kingdom

July 2019

Monday 1 July - Territory Day (British Virgin Islands)
Sunday 14 July - Black Country Day (United Kingdom)
Thursday 18 July - Hot Dog Day (United States, Canada, Great Britain and Australia. It has been celebrated since 1971, when students first proposed it. Hot Dog Day itself is usually the third Saturday in April, although many students celebrate the entire "hot dog week", running from that Wednesday to that Sunday. July 18 – based on when the North American Meat Institute hosts its annual Hot Dog Lunch on Capitol Hill.)
Wednesday 31 July - End of the Trinity term (sitting of the High Court of Justice of England)

August 2019

Thursday 1 August - The first day of Carnaval del Pueblo (Burgess Park, London, England); Yorkshire Day (Yorkshire, England); Minden Day (United Kingdom); Lammas (England, Scotland)
Monday 12 August - Glorious Twelfth in United Kingdom (The Glorious Twelfth is the twelfth day of August, the start of the shooting season for red grouse (Lagopus lagopus scotica), and to a lesser extent the ptarmigan (Lagopus muta) in Great Britain and Northern Ireland)
Thursday 15 August - Victory over Japan Day in United Kingdom
Monday 26 August - August Bank Holiday in United Kingdom

September 2019

Tuesday 3 September - Merchant Navy Day (United Kingdom)
Friday 13 September - Roald Dahl Day (Africa, United Kingdom, Latin America)
Sunday 15 September - Battle of Britain Day (United Kingdom)
Sunday 29 September - National Coffee Day; The Archangels Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael Day for England and Ireland (this is christian feast day and one of the four quarter days in the Irish calendar)

October 2019

Tuesday 1 October - Lincolnshire Day (United Kingdom)
Tuesday 15 October - Memorial Day for the loss of a child during pregnancy or a newborn (noted in Ohio, USA, Canada, Britain and Italy)
Monday 21 October - Trafalgar Day in Great Britain (celebration of the victory won by the Royal Navy, commanded by Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson, over the combined French and Spanish fleets at the Battle of Trafalgar on 21 October 1805); Apple Day (United Kingdom)

Typically British traditions

Being overly polite in every eventuality; adhering to the rules; the ability to queue nicely; sighing loudly if someone jumps the queue, but not doing anything about it; keeping a stiff upper lip at all times; always taking an umbrella down before you get indoors; refusing to complain about bad service; saying sorry when you’ve not done anything wrong; sending and receiving of greeting cards; taking great pride in celebrating one-time special events; visiting Pantomime at Christmas... also:
  • Reading the newspapers in the morning; eating a full English breakfast; considering meat and two veg as the staple parts of a main meal; dunking biscuits in tea; having a strong opinion about whether you put the milk in before the tea and hot water or vice versa; eating a traditional roast dinner on a Sunday; eating fish and chips on a Friday; barbequing at the first hint of sunshine
  • The Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace; doing a spot of gardening on a bank holiday and doing DIY on a bank holiday weekend; arguing about politics; instinctively wanting to go to the pub on a sunny day
  • Being proud of your garden; moving around the garden to catch the sun rays through the day; trying to catch the very last rays of sun on a summer day; having an avid interest in the weather at all times; flocking to the beach as soon as the temperature rises; taking layers of clothing to the beach, just in case it’s cold or the sun goes in when you get there
  • Pancake flipping on Shrove Tuesday; enjoying a cream tea in Devon; eating pasties when visiting Cornwall; getting the strawberries and cream out to watch Wimbledon; putting the kettle on in a crisis
  • Throughout November you may notice that lots of men are growing moustaches. This is because throughout November, the charity campaign of Movember encourages men to grow a moustache to raise funds in support of men’s health.
Shrove Tuesday, more commonly known as Pancake Day, falls the day before Lent begins. Lent is the traditional Christian period of fasting which begins 40 days before Easter and ends on Easter Sunday. Also celebrated - Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Also celebrated - Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday.
Many cities in the UK with a large Asian population celebrate Chinese New Year.
There are two London Fashion Weeks each year – the first London Fashion Week is in February and the second is in September.
Wimbledon in South West London (JUNE-JULY) is the venue of one of four annual Grand Slam tennis tournaments held around the world.
The National Eisteddfod in august is Wales’ biggest arts and culture festival. You can listen to Welsh music, watch dance and theatre performances, listen to the Welsh language, sample Welsh food and crafts. Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the largest arts festival in the world. Notting Hill Carnival is held in the streets of Notting Hill in west London over the last Summer bank holiday weekend. It’s Europe’s biggest street festival and it is completely free.
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Saturday 27 October 2018
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