- New Year Day
New Year's Day is a festival observed in most of the world on 1 January, the first day of the year in the modern Gregorian calendar.
1 January is also New Year's Day on the Julian calendar, but this is not the same day as the Gregorian one.
Whilst most solar calendars (like the Gregorian and Julian) begin the year regularly at or near the northern winter solstice,
cultures that observe a lunisolar or lunar calendar celebrate their New Year (such as the Chinese New Year and the Islamic New Year)
at less fixed points relative to the solar year.
- Good Friday Holiday
Good Friday is a Christian holiday commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus.
It is also known as Holy Friday, Great Friday, Great and Holy Friday (also Holy and Great Friday), and Black Friday.
The date of Good Friday varies from one year to the next in both the Gregorian and Julian calendars.
Eastern and Western Christianity disagree over the computation of the date of Easter and therefore of Good Friday.
Good Friday is a widely instituted legal holiday around the world, including in most Western countries and 12 U.S. states.
- Easter Monday Holiday
- May Bank Holiday
- Spring Bank Holiday
- Summer Break
- Summer Bank Holiday
The summer bank holiday was introduced in the Bank Holidays Act 1871 and first observed in that year.
It was originally intended to give bank employees the opportunity to participate and attend cricket matches.
Exactly one hundred years later, the Banking and Financial Dealings Act 1971 moved this bank holiday to the last Monday in August for England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
This followed a trial period from 1965 to 1970 of the new date.
In Scotland, it remained on the first Monday in August.
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- Winter Break
- For schools this is a break of two to four weeks. Tuition is generally not available from December 24th to January 1st inclusive, at least.
- Christmas Day
- Boxing Day Holiday
Boxing Day is a holiday celebrated after Christmas Day, occurring on the second day of Christmastide (26 December).
Though it originated as a holiday to give gifts to the poor, today Boxing Day is primarily known as a shopping holiday.
It originated in Great Britain and is celebrated in a number of countries that previously formed part of the British Empire.
The attached bank holiday or public holiday may take place on 28 December if necessary to ensure it falls on a weekday.
Boxing Day is also concurrent with the Christian festival Saint Stephen's Day.
In parts of Europe, such as several regions of Spain, the Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, Hungary, the Netherlands, Italy, Poland, Slovakia, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Belgium, Norway, and Ireland.
- UK Bank Holiday Dates
- Bank Holidays
- When do the clocks change?
Days of the Week
- Monday is the day of the week between Sunday and Tuesday. According to the International Organization for Standardization's ISO 8601 standard, it is the first day of the week and in countries that adopt the "Sunday-first" convention, it is the second. The name of Monday is derived from Old English Mōnandæg and Middle English Monenday, originally a translation of Latin dies lunae "day of the Moon". (see Monday from simple.wikipedia.org)
Tuesday is the day of the week between Monday and Wednesday.
According to international standard ISO 8601, Tuesday is the second day of the week. According to some commonly used calendars,
however, especially in the United States, Tuesday is the third day of the week.
In Muslim countries, Saturday is the first day of the week and thus Tuesday is the fourth day of the week.
The English name is derived from Old English Tiwesdæg and Middle English Tewesday, meaning "Tīw's Day", the day of Tiw or Týr, the god of single combat, and law and justice in Norse mythology. Tiw was equated with Mars in the interpretatio germanica, and the name of the day is a translation of Latin dies Martis.
In some countries, Saturday is the 7th & final day of the week.
In other parts of the world, Saturday is said to be the 6th day of the week.
It is also the day of rest and worship for Jewish people.
Along with Sunday, it makes up the weekend.
It's named after the Roman god Saturn.
(see Saturday from simple.wikipedia.org)
Sunday is the second part of the weekend.
It is the Sabbath or day of worship for most Christians (for example, Easter is celebrated on Sunday).
(see Sunday from simple.wikipedia.org)
Months of the Year
May is the fifth month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendars, coming between April and June.
It has 31 days.
The month of May might have been named for the Roman goddess Maia, or more likely the Roman goddess of fertility Bona Dea, whose festival was held in May.
(see May from simple.wikipedia.org)
June is the sixth month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendars and has a length of 30 days.
June contains the summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, the day with the most daylight hours, and the winter solstice in the Southern Hemisphere, the day with the fewest daylight hours.
June in the Northern Hemisphere is the seasonal equivalent to December in the Southern Hemisphere and vice versa.
In the Northern Hemisphere, the beginning of the traditional astronomical summer is 21 June (meteorological summer begins on 1 June).
In the Southern Hemisphere, meteorological winter begins on 1 June.
At the start of June, the sun rises in the constellation of Taurus; at the end of June, the sun rises in the constellation of Gemini.
(see June from en.wikipedia.org)
December (Dec.) is the twelfth and last month of the year in the Gregorian calendar, with 31 days, coming between November and January.
With the name of the month coming from the Latin decem for ten,
it was the tenth month of the year before January and February were added to the Roman calendar.
December always begins on the same day of the week as September, and ends on the same day of the week as April.
Some of the holidays celebrated in December are Christmas, New Year's Eve, Kwanzaa, and Hanukkah.
(see December from simple.wikipedia.org)
- Interesting fact: only the month of February in a leap year starts and ends on the same day of the week.
Seasons of the Year
- Winter is one of the four seasons and the coldest time of the year. The days are shorter and the nights are longer. It begins at the winter solstice. In the Northern Hemisphere the winter solstice is usually December 21 or December 22. For the Southern Hemisphere the winter solstice is usually June 21 or June 22. Holidays in winter for many countries include Christmas and New Year's Day. The name comes from an old Germanic word that means "time of water" referring to the rain and snow. See en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winter
|Season||Season Point Name||Date||Half Years|
|Autumn||Autumn Starts||2023-09-23||Warm Half|
|Mid Autumn||2023-11-07||Cold Half|
|Mid Spring||Warm Half|
|Mid Autumn||2024-11-??||Cold Half|