Public holidays in Gibraltar

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The public holidays in Gibraltar are a mix of "bank holidays" and "public holidays" and are often used interchangeably, although strictly and legally there is a difference. Bank holidays are holidays when banks and many other businesses are closed for the day. Public holidays are holidays which have been observed through custom and practice.[1]

Date Name Notes
1 January New Year's Day from 1974, by Royal Proclamation. currently[when?] not proclaimed if 1 January falls on Saturday or Sunday.
variable Commonwealth Day[2] Second Monday of March
variable Good Friday Traditional common law holiday Falls on 10 April in 2020.
Easter Monday Statutory bank holiday, defined by name. Falls on 13 April in 2020.
28 April Workers' Memorial Day
1 May May Day Bank Holiday
Last Monday in May Spring Bank Holiday Statutory bank holiday from 1971, following a trial period from 1965 to 1970. Replaced Whit Monday, which was formerly a public holiday whose date varied according to the date of Easter. The legislation does not specify a name for the holiday, merely when it occurs. Falls on 25 May in 2020.
Third Monday in June Queen's Birthday
Last Monday in August Summer Bank Holiday Statutory bank holiday from 1971, following a trial period from 1965 to 1970. Replaced the first Monday in August (formerly commonly known as "August Bank Holiday". The legislation does not specify a name for the holiday, merely when it occurs. Falls on 31 August in 2020.
10 September Gibraltar National Day
25 December Christmas Day Traditional common law holiday
26 December Boxing Day Statutory bank holiday. Legislation does not name the holiday, but states that it falls on "26th December, if it be not a Saturday or Sunday." Falls on Monday 28 December 2020 (In lieu of Saturday 26 December 2020)[3]

Notes[edit]

  • In 2020, 8 May will also be a public holiday to commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "HM Government of Gibraltar - BANK AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS 2018" (PDF). Retrieved 17 November 2018.
  2. ^ "The rocky road to Spain". BBC News. 2002. Archived from the original on 18 February 2006. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  3. ^ a b "HM Government of Gibraltar - BANK AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS 2020". Retrieved 2 January 2020.