New Year’s Day will be the first bank Holiday Brits can look forward to in 2022, when the calendar refreshes for another year. With an extra bank holiday date having been added to the existing three-day break in June, households in England and Wales will benefit from nine days off work over the course of the year. This is a full guide to every bank holiday marked on the calendar for 2022.
Bank Holiday dates
New Year’s Day, which is known as January 1, will be celebrated as a bank holiday on Monday, January 3.
This means Brits can look forward to a three day weekend running from Saturday, January 1 to Tuesday January 4 when businesses will return to normal.
February and March will be business as usual for the working nation with no extra days off set to take place again until April.
In 2022 the Easter bank holiday weekend will take place on:
- April 15 – Good Friday
- April 18 – Easter Monday
The four day weekend will see Easter Sunday celebrations take place across the nation before the return to work on Tuesday, April 19.
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There isn’t long between the Easter holiday and the May bank holiday in 2022.
Monday, May 2 commemorates the early May bank holiday offering a three day weekend to people across the UK.
The longest bank holiday in 2022 combines the Spring bank holiday with the Platinum Jubilee bank holiday.
Thursday, June 2 and Friday, June 3 will feed into the weekend giving Brits a four day weekend to celebrate the 70 year reign of Queen Elizabeth II.
Why are bank holiday dates different each year?
Bank holiday dates differ each year depending on the day of the week a public holiday falls on.
While a number of bank holiday dates will stay the same each year, those which are determined by the moon are likely to fall on a different date.
Religious holidays such as Christmas Day and Boxing Day will always fall on the same date, as will other national holidays such as New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.
Other public holiday dates such as Easter, the spring bank holiday and summer bank holiday tend to be scheduled for a different date each year based on a number of factors.
How Easter Bank holiday dates are determined
Easter bank holiday dates change each year because Easter is traditionally celebrated on the first Sunday following the full moon.
Officially titled the ‘Paschal Full Moon’, this astronomical event often lands on or just after the Spring equinox.
In 2022, the first Full Moon after March 21 is Saturday, April 16 – which means Easter will take place on Sunday, April 17.
The Easter bank holiday always takes place over a weekend, from Good Friday to Easter Monday.
What is a substitute bank holiday?
On occasion, public holidays will fall on a weekend.
This year Christmas Day and Boxing day were celebrated on a Saturday and Sunday, which is the standard weekend break for many workers.
According to gov.uk: “If a bank holiday is on a weekend, a ‘substitute’ weekday becomes a bank holiday, normally the following Monday.”
In 2022, this will happen twice – on New Year’s Day and Christmas Day.
The Christmas Day bank holiday will therefore be carried over to Tuesday, December 27 as a ‘substitute’ day to form the two day Christmas bank holiday on December 26 and 27.