Holidays

When are the UK bank holiday dates for 2018 and how to get 10 days off at Christmas using just just three days holiday

It might feel like last Christmas was only last week but summer is now *deep sigh* pretty much over.

We have used up all our bank holidays and the next ones are Christmas and *deep sigh again* New Year 2018.

It might seem ludicrous to be thinking about it but pubs are already taking Christmas booking and supermarkets will soon be rolling out all their festive promotions.

The run-up to Christmas is here, which is a depressing thought. However, here’s something less depressing…

How to book 10 days off for Christmas

Because of how Christmas falls this year, you’ll be able to book another 10 days off while using just three days holiday.

Christmas Day will be on a Monday, followed by Boxing Day on the Tuesday – another bank holiday.

There will then be three work days – the three you will book from December 27 to 29 – and then a weekend and another bank holiday – New Year’s Day.

Here is the full Bank Holiday list for 2018:

New Year’s Day – January 1 2018

Good Friday – March 30 2018

Easter Monday – April 2 2018

Early May Bank Holiday (May Day) – May 7 2018

Spring Bank Holiday – May 28 2018

August Bank Holiday – August 27 2018

Christmas Day – December 25 2018

Boxing Day – December 26 2018

Why does the date of Easter change every year?

There is often confusion over why it changes each year, it’s better to just accept it for what it is and enjoy your chocolate eggs. There are also numerous different answers:

The most common answer is that Easter is a movable feast. The earliest believers in the church of Asia Minor wished to keep the observance of Easter correlated to the Jewish Passover. The death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ happened after the Passover, so followers wanted Easter always to be celebrated subsequent to the Passover. And, since the Jewish holiday calendar is based on solar and lunar cycles, each feast day is movable, with dates shifting from year to year. From here the explanation grows more complicated.

Another answer is that it’s because ancient Egyptians and Hebrews used different calendars. The Egyptians had one based on the movement of the sun, which was passed on through the Romans and Christian culture to become the modern world’s standard. Whereas the Jews had one based on the phases of the moon. The Islamic calendar also does this. This is why the month of Ramadan moves round the calendar and takes places at different times of the year each year, with Muslims waiting for sightings of the moon before they know what day it will begin.

Easter is one of the festivals which tries to harmonise the solar and lunar calendars. As a general rule, Easter falls on the first Sunday, following the first full moon after 21 March – the vernal equinox.

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