New Year’s Day

New Year’s Day (January 1) marks the beginning of the New Year. It is a public holiday in the United Kingdom (England and Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland).

All banks, government offices, and most businesses are closed on New Year’s Day. It’s a busy shopping day, although some stores and shopping centres chose to close.

The day is a busy day in the UK sporting calendar. Football fixtures are planned so that teams will have a home fixture on New Year’s Day or Boxing Day. Local teams are often pitted against each other.

The London New Year’s Day Parade sees thousands of performers march through the streets of central London. Around the country, thousands of swimmers take a dip in the freezing sea.

Engineering work on the UK’s rail network usually takes place over the Christmas and New Year period. Train services are reduced or may not operate. Bus services are also limited.

The holiday celebrations begin on New Year’s Eve (December 31). Restaurants, pubs, bars, and clubs enjoy their busiest evening of the year. Tickets and/or reservations are the norm. Many towns and cities hold fireworks displays.

If New Year’s Day falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the associated public holiday is observed the following Monday.

Next New Year’s Day Bank Holiday - UK (England and Wales)

The next New Year’s Day Bank Holiday in UK (England and Wales) is Monday, January 3, 2022.

It is observed on a Monday because New Year’s Day itself falls on a weekend.

There are 162 days till New Year’s Day Bank Holiday 2022.

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