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British life and culture - England, Scotland and Wales
Does the UK have a National Day?

National Days are not celebrated in Britain in the same way as they are in a number of other countries. Only St Patrick's Day in Northern Ireland (and the republic of Ireland) and St Andrew's Day in Scotland (from 2007) are taken as an official holiday. All the other national days are normal working days.

National Days in the UK


1 March - The national day of Wales is St David's Day.

St David is Wales's patron saint.

Facts about St David's Day

Northern Ireland

17 March - The national day of Northern Ireland is St Patrick's Day

St Patrick is Ireland's patron Saint

Facts about St Patrick's Day


23 April - The national day of England is St George's Day.

St George is England's patron saint.

Facts about St George's Day


30 November - The national day of Scotland’s is St Andrew's Day

St Andrew is the patron saint of Scotland.

Facts about St Andrew's Day

Bank Holidays

There are four public holidays a year, called Bank Holidays, when legistration requires banks and businesses to close. These are of no nationalistic or religious significance.
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