As we enter into the New Year, many families start excitedly heading for either their local travel agency to book their next break or begin their search for their next dream holiday online.
One thing which is quite often overlooked when beginning a holiday search are the public holiday dates of the destination.
Many people are aware of their own countries bank holidays and will quite often book days off either side of a public holiday so not to use too much of their own annual leave allowance.
However what many don’t realise is that the demand and cost of a holiday could be equally affected by public holidays of the place you are visiting.
Public holiday’s in most countries around the world can potentially have an adverse knock on effect in the following areas:
- Less choice being available as less accommodation and transportation options to choose from
- Increase in costs of accommodation and transportation due to higher demand
- Less attractions and shops being open at destination
- Limited access to public services and healthcare
To give you a flavour of the differing Bank Holiday dates globally and to potentially assist with your holiday research for 2019. Please see below the Public Holiday dates of the following countries:
England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland Bank Holidays 2019
|New Year’s Day||01.01.2019||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|St Patrick’s Day||18.03.2019||–||–||–||Yes|
|May Bank Holiday||06.05.2019||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Spring Bank Holiday||27.05.2019||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Battle of the Boyne||12.07.2019||–||–||–||Yes|
|August Bank Holiday||26.08.2019||Yes||–||Yes||Yes|
|St Andrew’s Day||02.12.2019||–||Yes||–||–|
|New Year’s Day||01.01.2019||Yes|
|Martin Luther King, Jr. Day||21.01.2019||Yes|
As you can see from the above all of the Public Holidays in the USA and much of the UK are nationwide however this isn’t the case for much of the world.
In many countries their public holidays are regionalised and this is the case for Spain. Many of the regional public holidays for Spain are shown below and it is well worth noting whether any holidays are taking place in your intended region of travel ahead of your trip:
|New Year’s Day||01.01.2019||Yes||National|
|Epiphany||06.01.2019||Yes||National except Basque and La Rioja|
|Epiphany Holiday||07.01.2019||Yes||Many Regions including Andalusia, Aragon, Canary Islands, Castile & Leon, Ceuta, Extremadura, Madrid, Melilla & Navarre|
|Andalusia Regional Holiday||28.02.2019||Yes||Andalusia Only|
|Balearic Islands Holiday||01.03.2019||Yes||Balearic Islands Only|
|St Joseph’s Day||19.03.2019||Yes||Basque Country, Castile-La, Mancha, Galicia, Murcia, Navarre & Valencia|
|Maundy Thursday||18.04.2019||Yes||Nationwide except Cantabria, Catalonia & Valencia|
|Easter Monday||22.04.2019||Yes||Most Areas Nationwide|
|Aragon, Castille & Leon Regional Holiday||23.04.2019||Yes||Aragon, Castille and Leon|
|Madrid Regional Holiday||02.05.2019||Yes||Madrid|
|Galician Literature Day||17.05.2019||Yes||Galicia|
|Canary Islands Regional Holiday||30.05.2019||Yes||Canary Islands|
|Murcia Regional Holiday||09.06.2019||Yes||Murcia|
|La Rioja Regional Holiday||10.06.2019||Yes||La Rioja|
|St John’s Day||24.06.2019||Yes||Catalonia & Valencia|
|National Day of Galicia||25.07.2019||Yes||Galicia|
|Saint James’ Day||25.07.2019||Yes||Basque Region|
|Assumption of Mary||15.08.2019||Yes||Nationwide|
|Our Lady of Victories Holiday & Extremadura Regional Holiday||09.09.2019||Yes||Melilla & Extremadura|
|National Day of Catalonia||11.09.2019||Yes||Catalonia|
|Valencian Regional Holiday||09.10.2019||Yes||Valencia|
|Fiesta Nacional De Espana||12.10.2019||Yes||Nationwide|
|All Saints Day||01.11.2019||Yes||Nationwide|
|Immaculate Conception Day||08.12.2019 & 09.12.2019||Yes||Nationwide except Basque Country, Canary Islands, Catalonia, Ceuta and Navarre|
|Christmas Day||25.12.2019||Yes||Nationwide Except Murcia|
|St Stephen’s Day||26.12.2019||Yes||Catalonia|
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|New Years Day||01.01.2019||Yes|
|All Saints Day||01.11.2019||Yes|
|St Stephen’s Day||26.12.2019||Yes|
What Can We Learn About Public Holidays
From the snapshot of public holidays shown above you can see that every country has its own distinctive public holiday dates which are usually heavily dictated by the religious beliefs and history of the country itself.
It is also worth noting that many countries such as Spain have many regional public holidays throughout the year which are nationwide. This is well worth taking into consideration if travelling to a specific area of a country or you are travelling around a country of region.
On a positive note visiting a country on a public holiday can be quite an exciting experience as there are quite commonly exciting events planned around public holidays which are worth looking out for.
You may also find that the overall mood of an area is likely to be quite cheerful and friendly as many people will be off work. Therefore as you now know when the public holidays are for the above countries in 2019 the choice of when and when not to travel is completely down to you.
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